Son of Charles W Hartman, Jr and Frances J Smith
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Charles W. Hartman, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Attack Squadron TWENTY-FIVE (VA-25), embarked in U.S.S. MIDWAY (CVA-41) flying fixed wing aircraft during a mission in support of combat operations in Southeast Asia against North Vietnamese forces on 20 June 1965. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Hartman demonstrated an exceptionally high degree of proficiency and utilizing his experience to full advantage, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Hartman, in spite of the distinct advantage held by the enemy aircraft, skillfully evaded the hard-pressed attacks and then, initiating an attack of his own, accounted for a confirmed kill, and drove off the remaining Fresco. By daring action, exceptional skill and devotion to duty Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Hartman upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: All Hands (February 1967)
Action Date: June 20, 1965
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Company: Attack Squadron 25 (VA-25)
Division: U.S.S. Midway (CVA-41)
[Hartman was one of four from the Skyraiders squadron that engaged enemy fighters over North Vietnam resulting in the shoot down of a MiG-17. Lieutenant Clinton B. Johnson and Lieutenant (jg) Charles W. Hartman III were awarded Silver Stars for their actions in downing the MiG-17.]