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Medal of Honor Monday: Corporal Charles G Abrell

Posted by hfalk on January 19, 2020 at 8:45 PM

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Today’s blog post is focused on Medal of Honor Monday, where we focus on one Medal of Honor recipient every Monday. Today we are remembering Corporal Charles G Abrell. Medal of Honor recipient Charles Abrell was born in Indiana in 1931. He then chose to enlist in the Marine Corps at the young age of 17. Corporal Abrell was awarded with the Medal of Honor for his heroic sacrifices on June 10, 1951, while serving in the Korean war. He pulled the pin of a hand grenade which killed the enemy, and unfortunately the explosion killed him too. Corporal Charles Abrell is one of the many reasons why we are free today because of his bravery.


This is from President Harry S Truman's speech, while recognizing Corporal Charles Abrells actions

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, Second Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 10 June 1951. While advancing with his platoon in an attack against well-concealed and heavily-fortified enemy hill positions, Corporal 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 hand-grenade fragments, he proceeded to carry out a bold, single-handed attack against the bunker, exhorting his comrades to follow him. Sustaining two 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 gun crew within the stronghold, Corporal 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 United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. (

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