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Cornelius H Charlton

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Sergeant in the United States Army in Company C, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action at Chipo-Ri, Korea on June 2, 1951. He was killed in action. His citation reads in part "Regrouping the men, he led them forward only to be again hurled back by a shower of grenades. Despite a severe chest wound, Sgt. Charlton refused medical attention and led a third daring charge which carried to the crest of the ridge. Observing that the remaining emplacement which had retarded the advance was situated on the reverse slope, he charged it alone, was again hit by a grenade but raked the position with a devastating fire which eliminated it and routed the defenders. The wounds received during his daring exploits resulted in his death, but his indomitable courage, superb leadership, and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit upon himself, the infantry, and the military service." He was buried in American Legion Cemetery located in Beckley, West Virginia but was relocated in November of 2008.

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  • Added: 13 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7182552
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cornelius H Charlton (24 Jul 1929–2 Jun 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7182552, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .