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Charles Joseph Watters
Birth: Jan. 17, 1927
Jersey City
Hudson County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Nov. 19, 1967, Vietnam

Viet Nam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. A Roman Catholic Priest, he served in the United States Army during the war in Viet Nam was Major and Chaplain of Company A, 173rd Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Dak To Province in the Republic of Vietnam on November 19, 1967. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Chaplain Watters distinguished himself during an assault in the vicinity of Dak To. Chaplain Watters was moving with one of the companies when it engaged a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the battle raged and the casualties mounted, Chaplain Watters, with complete disregard for his safety, rushed forward to the line of contact. Unarmed and completely exposed, he moved among, as well as in front of the advancing troops, giving aid to the wounded, assisting in their evacuation, giving words of encouragement, and administering the last rites to the dying. When a wounded paratrooper was standing in shock in front of the assaulting forces, Chaplain Watters ran forward, picked the man up on his shoulders and carried him to safety. As the troopers battled to the first enemy entrenchment, Chaplain Watters ran through the intense enemy fire to the front of the entrenchment to aid a fallen comrade. A short time later, the paratroopers pulled back in preparation for a second assault. Chaplain Watters exposed himself to both friendly and enemy fire between the 2 forces in order to recover 2 wounded soldiers. Later, when the battalion was forced to pull back into a perimeter, Chaplain Watters noticed that several wounded soldiers were Lying outside the newly formed perimeter. Without hesitation and ignoring attempts to restrain him, Chaplain Watters left the perimeter three times in the face of small arms, automatic weapons, and mortar fire to carry and to assist the injured troopers to safety. Satisfied that all of the wounded were inside the perimeter, he began aiding the medics--applying field bandages to open wounds, obtaining and serving food and water, giving spiritual and mental strength and comfort. During his ministering, he moved out to the perimeter from position to position redistributing food and water, and tending to the needs of his men. Chaplain Watters was giving aid to the wounded when he himself was mortally wounded. Chaplain Watters' unyielding perseverance and selfless devotion to his comrades was in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army". His Medal was posthumously presented to his family at the White House by Vice President Spiro T. Agnew on November 4, 1969. His name can be found on the Viet Nam Memorial in Washington, DC on Panel 30E, Row 036. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 2-E, Grave 186-A
 
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Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: May 22, 2003
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Thank you for your service. May you rest in God's eternal peace and love, dear Fr. Watters.
- Kathy N
 Added: Jul. 18, 2014
With honor and respect. May God bless your gentle soul in everlasting love.
- Kathy N
 Added: Jul. 13, 2014
Sir, Thank You sir for your service, this is coming from the 5 Miller brothers who also proudly served Our Country.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: Jul. 9, 2014
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