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Gen Charles Draper William Canham
Birth: Jan. 26, 1901
Mississippi, USA
Death: Aug. 20, 1963
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

US Army General. Charles Canham enlisted in the Army in 1919. Two years later he was granted admission into the US Military Academy at West Point, graduating with the class of 1926. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in 1944 while in command of the 116th Infantry during the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach. The citation was awarded due to "...extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. Colonel Canham landed on the beach shortly after the assault wave of troops had landed. At the time, the enemy fire was at its heaviest and had completely arrested the attack. Though wounded shortly after landing, Colonel Canham, with utter disregard for his own safety, continued to expose himself to the enemy fire in his efforts to reorganize the men. His personal bravery and determination so inspired and heartened the men that they were able to break through the enemy positions. Colonel Canham's outstanding leadership, gallantry and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 29th Infantry Division, and the United States Army". (bio by: Anne Cady) 
 
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  Alma B Canham (1902 - 1983)*
 
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Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 30 Site 535
 
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Record added: Jun 06, 2008
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Gen Charles Draper William Canham
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Gen Charles Draper William Canham
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