The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
SHEA, CHARLES W.
Rank and Organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army,
Company F, 350th Infantry. 88th Infantry Division. Place and Date Near Mount
Damiano, Italy, 12 May 1944. Entered Service at: New York, N.Y. Birth: New
York, NY. G.O. No.: 4, 12 January 1945.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of
duty, on 12 May 1944, near Mount Damiano, Italy. As 2d Lt. Shea and his company were
advancing toward a hill occupied by the enemy, 3 enemy machineguns suddenly opened fire,
inflicting heavy casualties upon the company and halting its advance. 2d Lt. Shea
immediately moved forward to eliminate these machinegun nests in order to enable his
company to continue its attack. The deadly hail of machinegun fire at first pinned him
down, but, boldly continuing his advance, 2d Lt. Shea crept up to the first nest. Throwing
several hand grenades, he forced the 4 enemy soldiers manning this position to surrender,
and disarming them, he sent them to the rear. He then crawled to the second machinegun
position, and after a short fire fight forced 2 more German soldiers to surrender. At this
time, the third machinegun fired at him, and while deadly small arms fire pitted the earth
around him, 2d Lt. Shea crawled toward the nest. Suddenly he stood up and rushed the
emplacement and with well-directed fire from his rifle, he killed all 3 of the enemy
machine gunners. 2d Lt. Shea's display of personal valor was an inspiration to the
officers and men of his company.