The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*CHARLTON, CORNELIUS H.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S.
Army, Company C, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near
Chipo-ri, Korea, 2 June 1951. Entered service at: Bronx, N.Y. Born: 24
July 1929, East Gulf, W. Va. G.O. No.: 30, 19 March 1952.
Sgt. Charlton, a member of Company
C, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the
call of duty in action against the enemy. His platoon was attacking heavily defended
hostile positions on commanding ground when the leader was wounded and evacuated. Sgt.
Charlton assumed command, rallied the men, and spearheaded the assault against the hill.
Personally eliminating 2 hostile positions and killing 6 of the enemy with his rifle fire
and grenades, he continued up the slope until the unit suffered heavy casualties and
became pinned down. Regrouping the men he led them forward only to be again hurled back by
a shower of grenades. Despite a severe chest wound, Sgt. Charlton refused medical
attention and led a third daring charge which carried to the crest of the ridge. Observing
that the remaining emplacement which had retarded the advance was situated on the reverse
slope, he charged it alone, was again hit by a grenade but raked the position with a
devastating fire which eliminated it and routed the defenders. The wounds received during
his daring exploits resulted in his death but his indomitable courage, superb leadership,
and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit upon himself the infantry, and the