AOM3 Charles Watson Moorfield

AOM3 Charles Watson Moorfield

Hampton City, Virginia, USA
Death 5 Jun 1945 (aged 21)
Burial Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia, USA
Plot Section F (New) Site 799
Memorial ID 59727082 View Source
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Charles Watson Moorfield was a crewman on a Navy PBM-5 bomber float plane stationed at Tawi Tawi in the Philippines. Charles was a gunners mate and manned one of the 50mm machine guns on the aircraft during battle. His plane was forced down on June 4, 1945 after receiving fire from a Japanese warship and made an emergency landing near the island of Celebes, now knows as Sulawesi, Indonesia.

The crew went ashore and the following day engaged the Japanese land forces in an all day battle. In the heat of the battle, Charles Moorfield was shot and killed.

After the war Charles body was returned to the United States and buried in Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, Virginia. He was buried on the same day as his brother, Gunner's Mate Alva Moorfield who was killed in the battle of Okinawa one month before Charles was killed.

Charles was awarded the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart among other combat medals.

World War II