The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*TURNER, CHARLES W.
Rank and organization: Sergeant First
Class, U.S. Army, 2d Reconnaissance Company, 2d Infantry Division. Place and date:
Near Yongsan, Korea, 1 September 1950. Entered service at: Massachusetts. Birth:
Boston, Mass. G.O. No.: 10, 16 February 1951.
Sfc. Turner distinguished himself by
conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against
the enemy. A large enemy force launched a mortar and automatic weapon supported assault
against his platoon. Sfc. Turner, a section leader, quickly organized his unit for defense
and then observed that the attack was directed at the tank section 100 yards away. Leaving
his secured section he dashed through a hail of fire to the threatened position and,
mounting a tank, manned the exposed turret machinegun. Disregarding the intense enemy fire
he calmly held this position delivering deadly accurate fire and pointing out targets for
the tank's 75mm. gun. His action resulted in the destruction of 7 enemy machinegun nests.
Although severely wounded he remained at the gun shouting encouragement to his comrades.
During the action the tank received over 50 direct hits; the periscopes and antenna were
shot away and 3 rounds hit the machinegun mount. Despite this fire he remained at his post
until a burst of enemy fire cost him his life. This intrepid and heroic performance
enabled the platoon to withdraw and later launch an attack which routed the enemy. Sfc.
Turner's valor and example reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with
the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.
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