The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
McGAHA, CHARLES L.
Rank and Organization:: Master Sergeant, U.S. Army,
Company G, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and Date Near Lupao, Luzon,
Philippine Islands, 7 February 1945. Entered Service at: Cosby, Tenn. Birth:
Cosby, Tenn. G.O. No.: 30, 2 April 1946.
He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity. His platoon and 1 other from Company G
were pinned down in a roadside ditch by heavy fire from 5 Japanese tanks supported by 10
machineguns and a platoon of riflemen. When 1 of his men fell wounded 40 yards away, he
unhesitatingly crossed the road under a hail of bullets and moved the man 75 yards to
safety. Although he had suffered a deep arm wound, he returned to his post. Finding the
platoon leader seriously wounded, he assumed command and rallied his men. Once more he
braved the enemy fire to go to the aid of a litter party removing another wounded soldier.
A shell exploded in their midst, wounding him in the shoulder and killing 2 of the party.
He picked up the remaining man, carried him to cover, and then moved out in front
deliberately to draw the enemy fire while the American forces, thus protected, withdrew to
safety. When the last man had gained the new position, he rejoined his command and there
collapsed from loss of blood and exhaustion. M/Sgt. McGaha set an example of courage and
leadership in keeping with the highest traditions of the service.