The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*FLEEK, CHARLES CLINTON
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U .S.
Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date:
Binh Duong Province, Republic of Vietnam, 27 May 1967. Entered service at:
Cincinnati, Ohio. Born: 28 August 1947, Petersburg, Ky.
For conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt.
Fleek distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader in Company C, during an ambush
operation. Sgt. Fleek's unit was deployed in ambush locations when a large enemy force
approached the position. Suddenly, the leading enemy element, sensing the ambush, halted
and started to withdraw. Reacting instantly, Sgt. Fleek opened fire and directed the
effective fire of his men upon the numerically superior enemy force. During the fierce
battle that followed, an enemy soldier threw a grenade into the squad position. Realizing
that his men had not seen the grenade, Sgt. Fleek, although in a position to seek cover,
shouted a warning to his comrades and threw himself onto the grenade, absorbing its blast.
His gallant action undoubtedly saved the lives or prevented the injury of at least 8 of
his fellow soldiers. Sgt. Fleek's gallantry and willing self-sacrifice were in keeping
with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself,
his unit, and the U.S. Army .