Charles Patrick “Chuck” Murray, Jr

Charles Patrick “Chuck” Murray, Jr

Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Death 12 Aug 2011 (aged 89)
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60, Grave 9725
Memorial ID 74843399 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was drafted into the United States Army in September 1942 while attending college at the University of North Carolina. In the summer of 1944, he joined the 3rd Infantry Division in France. By December of 1944 he had risen to the level of company commander. On December 16, 1944, while leading a platoon of 35 soldiers in France, he came upon 200 Germans attaching another United States Battalion. His actions on that day resulted in his receipt of the Congressional Medal of Honor on July 5, 1945. His CMOH citation reads: "Descending into a valley beneath hilltop positions held by our troops, he observed a force of 200 Germans pouring deadly mortar, bazooka, machine gun, and small arms fire into an American battalion occupying the crest of the ridge. The enemy's position in a sunken road, though hidden from the ridge, was open to a flank attack by 1st Lt. Murray's patrol but he hesitated to commit so small a force to battle with the superior and strongly disposed enemy. Crawling out ahead of his troops to a vantage point, he called by radio for artillery fire. His shells bracketed the German force, but when he was about to correct the range his radio went dead. He returned to his patrol, secured grenades and a rifle to launch them and went back to his self-appointed outpost. His first shots disclosed his position; the enemy directed heavy fire against him as he methodically fired his missiles into the narrow defile. Again he returned to his patrol. With an automatic rifle and ammunition, he once more moved to his exposed position. Burst after burst he fired into the enemy, killing 20, wounding many others, and completely disorganizing its ranks, which began to withdraw. He prevented the removal of 3 German mortars by knocking out a truck. By that time a mortar had been brought to his support. 1st Lt. Murray directed fire of this weapon, causing further casualties and confusion in the German ranks. Calling on his patrol to follow, he then moved out toward his original objective, possession of a bridge and construction of a roadblock. He captured 10 Germans in foxholes. An eleventh, while pretending to surrender, threw a grenade which knocked him to the ground, inflicting 8 wounds. Though suffering and bleeding profusely, he refused to return to the rear until he had chosen the spot for the block and had seen his men correctly deployed. By his single-handed attack on an overwhelming force and by his intrepid and heroic fighting, 1st Lt. Murray stopped a counterattack, established an advance position against formidable odds, and provided an inspiring example for the men of his command." Following World War II, Murray remained in the army, serving in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He also served as Commander of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, known as the "Old Guard". In addition to the Congressional Medal of Honor, he received 3 Silver Stars, 2 Bronze Stars (with Valor devices), a Purple Heart, a Combat Infantryman Badge, and the French Legion of Honor for valor.

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