Charles W. Turner
|Charles William Turner|
Medal of Honor recipient
May 28, 1921|
|Died||September 2, 1950
Near Yongsan, Korea
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1941 - 1950|
|Rank||Sergeant First Class|
|Unit||2d Reconnaissance Company, 2d Infantry Division|
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards||Medal of Honor
Army Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
United Nations Korea Medal
Korean War Service Medal
Charles William Turner (May 28, 1921 – September 2, 1950) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the Korean War. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on September 1, 1950.
Turner initially joined the Massachusetts National Guard, and was called to active duty in 1941 to serve in World War II. He was captured while serving in Italy in November 1943, and spent the remainder of the conflict as a prisoner of war.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, 2d Reconnaissance Company, 2d Infantry Division
Entered service at: Massachusetts. Birth: Boston, Massachusetts
G.O. No.: 10, February 16, 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 machine gun. 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 machine gun 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 machine gun 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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