The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*MOWER, CHARLES E.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company
A, 34th Infantry, 24th Infantry Division. Place and Date Near Capoocan, Leyte.
Philippine Islands, 3 November 1944. Entered Service at: Chippewa Falls, Wis. Birth:
Chippewa Falls, Wis. G.O. No.: 17, 11 February 1946.
He was an assistant squad leader in an attack against strongly defended enemy positions on
both sides of a stream running through a wooded gulch. As the squad advanced through
concentrated fire, the leader was killed and Sgt. Mower assumed command. In order to bring
direct fire upon the enemy, he had started to lead his men across the stream, which by
this time was churned by machinegun and rifle fire, but he was severely wounded before
reaching the opposite bank. After signaling his unit to halt, he realized his own exposed
position was the most advantageous point from which to direct the attack, and stood fast.
Half submerged, gravely wounded, but refusing to seek shelter or accept aid of any kind,
he continued to shout and signal to his squad as he directed it in the destruction of 2
enemy machineguns and numerous riflemen. Discovering that the intrepid man in the stream
was largely responsible for the successful action being taken against them, the remaining
Japanese concentrated the full force of their firepower upon him, and he was killed while
still urging his men on. Sgt. Mower's gallant initiative and heroic determination aided
materially in the successful completion of his squad's mission. His magnificent leadership
was an inspiration to those with whom he served.