The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*ABRELL, CHARLES G.
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S.
Marine Corps, Company E, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place
and date: Hangnyong, Korea, 10 June 1951. Entered service at: Terre Haute,
Ind. Born: 12 August 1931, Terre Haute, Ind.
For conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a
fire team leader in Company E, in action against enemy aggressor forces. While advancing
with his platoon in an attack against well-concealed and heavily fortified enemy hill
positions, Cpl. Abrell voluntarily rushed forward through the assaulting squad which was
pinned down by a hail of intense and accurate automatic-weapons fire from a hostile bunker
situated on commanding ground. Although previously wounded by enemy handgrenade fragments,
he proceeded to carry out a bold, single-handed attack against the bunker, exhorting his
comrades to follow him. Sustaining 2 additional wounds as he stormed toward the
emplacement, he resolutely pulled the pin from a grenade clutched in his hand and hurled
himself bodily into the bunker with the live missile still in his grasp. Fatally wounded
in the resulting explosion which killed the entire enemy guncrew within the stronghold,
Cpl. Abrell, by his valiant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death, served
to inspire all his comrades and contributed directly to the success of his platoon in
attaining its objective. His superb courage and heroic initiative sustain and enhance the
highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.