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Charles L. Gilliland
Birth: May 24, 1933
Death: Apr. 25, 1951

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a Corporal (then Private First Class) in Company I, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Tongmang-ni, Korea, on April 25, 1951. His citation reads "Cpl. Gilliland, a member of Company I, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. A numerically superior hostile force launched a coordinated assault against his company perimeter, the brunt of which was directed up a defile covered by his automatic rifle. His assistant was killed by enemy fire but Cpl. Gilliland, facing the full force of the assault, poured a steady fire into the foe which stemmed the onslaught. When 2 enemy soldiers escaped his raking fire and infiltrated the sector, he leaped from his foxhole, overtook and killed them both with his pistol. Sustaining a serious head wound in this daring exploit, he refused medical attention and returned to his emplacement to continue his defense of the vital defile. His unit was ordered back to new defensive positions but Cpl. Gilliland volunteered to remain to cover the withdrawal and hold the enemy at bay. His heroic actions and indomitable devotion to duty prevented the enemy from completely overrunning his company positions. Cpl. Gilliland's incredible valor and supreme sacrifice reflect lasting glory upon himself and are in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service". The "USNS Gilliland" (T-AKR 298) was named for him. (bio by: K) 
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Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
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