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First Name: Charles

Last Name: George

Birthplace: Cherokee, NC, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Whittier, NC

Date of Birth: 23 August 1932

Date of Death: 30 November 1952

Rank: Private First Class

Years Served:
Charles George

•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Charles George
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Korean War

Charles George (23 August 1932 - 30 November 1952) was a U.S. Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in combat on 30 November 1952, during the Korean War. He was fatally wounded when he threw himself on a grenade to protect other soldiers in his company and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Charles George was born on 23 August 1932 in Cherokee, NC. He entered service at Whittier, NC. At the time of George's death in battle he held the rank of Private First Class in Company C of the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. The action, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, was near Songnae-dong, Korea.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Songnae-dong, Korea, 30 November 1952

The Medal of Honor was awarded on 18 March 1954. The citation reads:

Pfc. George, a member of Company C, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy on the night of November 30, 1952. He was a member of a raiding party committed to engage the enemy and capture a prisoner for interrogation. Forging up the rugged slope of the key terrain feature, the group was subjected to intense mortar and machine gun fire and suffered several casualties. Throughout the advance, he fought valiantly and, upon reaching the crest of the hill, leaped into the trenches and closed with the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. When friendly troops were ordered to move back upon completion of the assignment, he and 2 comrades remained to cover the withdrawal. While in the process of leaving the trenches a hostile soldier hurled a grenade into their midst. Pfc. George shouted a warning to 1 comrade, pushed the other soldier out of danger, and, with full knowledge of the consequences, unhesitatingly threw himself upon the grenade, absorbing the full blast of the explosion. Although seriously wounded in this display of valor, he refrained from any outcry which would divulge the position of his companions. The 2 soldiers evacuated him to the forward aid station and shortly thereafter he succumbed to his wound. Pfc. George's indomitable courage, consummate devotion to duty, and willing self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit upon himself and uphold the finest traditions of the military service.

Medals, Awards & Badges

Medal of Honor
Purple Heart
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal
Republic of Korea War Service Medal
Korean Presidential Unit Citation
Combat Infantryman Badge

Death and Burial

PFC George was killed in action on 30 November 1952. He is buried at Yellow Hill Cemetery in Cherokee, NC.

Honoree ID: 1160   Created by: MHOH




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