Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Roans in:
 • Claude Cemetery
 • Claude
 • Armstrong County
 • Texas
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Advertisement
Charles Howard Roan
Birth: Aug. 16, 1923
Claude
Armstrong County
Texas, USA
Death: Sep. 18, 1944
Peleliu, Palau

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Claude, Texas, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on December 12, 1942. He served as a Private First Class with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, at Peleiu Island, Palau Group. His citation reads "On September 18, 1944, he and his companions were suddenly engaged in a furious exchange of hand grenades with Japanese forces emplaced in a cave. Seeking protection with four other Marines in rocky terrain, he was wounded by an enemy grenade which fell close to their position. When another grenade landed in the midst of the group, he flung himself upon it, absorbing the full impact of the explosion. By his prompt action and selfless conduct he saved the lives of four men". He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman in July 1945. His is interred in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila City, Philippine Islands, and a cenotaph was erected for him in Claude Cemetery. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Lillabel Roan (1896 - 1983)
 
Inscription:
IN MEMORY OF
MEDAL OF HONOR
PFC MARINE CORPS
WORLD WAR II
 
Burial:
Claude Cemetery *
Claude
Armstrong County
Texas, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 35.13282, -101.38049
*Cenotaph [?]
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: ShaneO
Record added: Feb 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48313554
Charles Howard Roan
Added by: Rob
 
Charles Howard Roan
Added by: Ben Pollard
 
Charles Howard Roan
Added by: Don Morfe
 
There are 3 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

Rest in peace, Marine. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. God bless you for your gallant stand in defense of freedom.
- Sharon
 Added: Sep. 18, 2016

- Bunny
 Added: Sep. 18, 2016

- elaine bailey
 Added: Sep. 18, 2016
There are 33 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.5 after 15 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service UPDATED