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Charles William Turner

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Death: September 02, 1950 (29) (KIA)
Place of Burial: Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, United States
Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Charles William Turner

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Sergeant First Class Charles William Turner (ASN: 20157371), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with 2d Reconnaissance Company, 2d Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Yongsan, Korea, on 2 September 1950. A large enemy force launched a mortar and automatic weapon supported assault against his platoon. Sergeant First Class 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 75-mm. Gun. His action resulted in the destruction of seven 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 three 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. Sergeant First Class Turner's valor and example reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 10 (February 16, 1951)

Action Date: 2-Sep-50

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant First Class

Company: 2d Reconnaissance Company

Division: 2d Infantry Division

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Charles William Turner's Timeline

May 28, 1921
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
September 2, 1950
Age 29
Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, United States