Biography

TURNER, CHARLES WILLIAM [SFC 2ndARC]

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SFC CHARLES WILLIAM TURNER

MEDAL OF HONOR

2ND ARMORED RECONNAISSANCE COMPANY

ARMY

HOSTILE, DIED OF WOUNDS (DOW)

DATE OF LOSS: SEPTEMBER 1, 1950

SERVICE NUMBER: RA20157371

BORN: MAY 28, 1921

HOME OR PLACE OF ENLISTMENT

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

SUFFOLK COUNTY

LOCATION OR BATTLE ZONE: NAKTONG BULGE

TOWN OR AREA: YONGSAN

BURIAL LOCATION

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

Comments: Sergeant First Class Turner was a section leader with the 2nd Reconnaissance Company, 2nd Infantry Division. On September 1, 1950, near Yongsan, South Korea, the North Koreans launched an assault against his platoon. Noticing that the main attack was directed at the tank section, he left his protected position and raced to the tank and directed its fire from the exposed turret machine gun. His action helped destroy seven enemy machine gun positions. He was mortally wounded while manning his position.

FINAL DISPOSITION DATE: SEPTEMBER 2, 1950

KOREAN WAR PROJECT KEY NO: 30585

 

September 1, 1950

North Koreans had also approached Yŏngsan from the south. The 2nd Division Reconnaissance Company and tanks of the 72nd Tank Battalion opposed them in a sharp fight. In this action, SFC Charles W. Turner of the Reconnaissance Company particularly distinguished himself. He mounted a tank, operated its exposed turret machine gun, and directed tank fire which reportedly destroyed seven enemy machine guns. Turner and this tank were the objects of very heavy enemy fire which shot away the tank's periscope and antennae and scored more than fifty hits on it. Turner, although wounded, remained on the tank until he was killed.