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Charles William Turner

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Medal Of Honor, Korea

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A large enemy force launched a mortar and automatic weapon supported assault against his platoon and Sergeant First Class Turner, a section leader, quickly organized his unit for defense. He 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 75mm. 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.

Charles Turner served in the Massachusetts National Guard before being called to active duty in 1941. He served in combat landing at Salerno, Italy, and continued until he was captured on November 19, 1943. He spent the next year-and-a-half in a German Prisoner of War camp.

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