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First Name: Charles

Last Name: Mower

Birthplace: Chippewa Falls, WI, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Chippewa Falls, WI
Middle Name: E.

Date of Birth: 29 November 1924

Date of Death: 03 November 1944

Rank: Sergeant

Years Served:
Charles E. Mower

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Charles E. Mower

Sergeant, U.S. Army

Medal of Honor Recipient

World War II

Sergeant Charles E. Mower (29 November 1924 - 3 November 1944) was a U.S. Army soldier who was posthumously awarded the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during World War II.

Charles E. Mower was born on 29 November 1924 in Chippewa Falls, WI; he also joined the Army at that city. On 3 November 1944, he was serving as a Sergeant in Company A, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. During an attack against Japanese positions that day, near Capoocan, Leyte, in the Philippines, Mower took command of his squad after the leader was killed and led his men from an exposed position despite being seriously wounded. He was killed during the battle and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 34th Infantry, 24th Infantry Division.

Place and date: Near Capoocan, Leyte. Philippine Islands, 3 November 1944.

Citation: He was an assistant squad leader in an attack against strongly defended enemy positions on both sides of a stream running through a wooded gulch. As the squad advanced through concentrated fire, the leader was killed and Sgt. Mower assumed command. In order to bring direct fire upon the enemy, he had started to lead his men across the stream, which by this time was churned by machinegun and rifle fire, but he was severely wounded before reaching the opposite bank. After signaling his unit to halt, he realized his own exposed position was the most advantageous point from which to direct the attack, and stood fast. Half submerged, gravely wounded, but refusing to seek shelter or accept aid of any kind, he continued to shout and signal to his squad as he directed it in the destruction of 2 enemy machineguns and numerous riflemen. Discovering that the intrepid man in the stream was largely responsible for the successful action being taken against them, the remaining Japanese concentrated the full force of their firepower upon him, and he was killed while still urging his men on. Sgt. Mower's gallant initiative and heroic determination aided materially in the successful completion of his squad's mission. His magnificent leadership was an inspiration to those with whom he served.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Purple Heart

Death and Burial

Sergeant Charles E. Mower was killed in action on 3 November 1944. He is buried at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Taguig City, the Philippines, in L-2-110.

Honoree ID: 1554   Created by: MHOH




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