Medal of Honor Recipient William Charette Endorses the Petition Jul 14. 2011 | Comments (1)
MCPO William R. Charette, USN (ret), a Medal of Honor recipient from the Korean War has signed our petition as signature number 9253.
Mr. Charette served 26 years in the Navy retiring in 1977 as a Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9), the highest enlisted rank and had the distinct honor in 1958 of selecting the remains of the Unknown Serviceman representing WWII missing, that would later be placed in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington.
Of the five Navy Corpsman who received the Medal of Honor for service in Korea Mr. Charette was the only one who survived to see the medal presented.
Here is his Medal of Honor citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against enemy aggressor forces during the early morning hours. Participating in a fierce encounter with a cleverly concealed and well-entrenched enemy force occupying positions on a vital and bitterly contested outpost far in advance of the main line of resistance, HC3c. Charette repeatedly and unhesitatingly moved about through a murderous barrage of hostile small-arms and mortar fire to render assistance to his wounded comrades. When an enemy grenade landed within a few feet of a marine he was attending, he immediately threw himself upon the stricken man and absorbed the entire concussion of the deadly missile with his body. Although sustaining painful facial wounds, and undergoing shock from the intensity of the blast which ripped the helmet and medical aid kit from his person, HC3c. Charette resourcefully improvised emergency bandages by tearing off part of his clothing, and gallantly continued to administer medical aid to the wounded in his own unit and to those in adjacent platoon areas as well. Observing a seriously wounded comrade whose armored vest had been torn from his body by the blast from an exploding shell, he selflessly removed his own battle vest and placed it upon the helpless man although fully aware of the added jeopardy to himself. Moving to the side of another casualty who was suffering excruciating pain from a serious leg wound, HC3c. Charette stood upright in the trench line and exposed himself to a deadly hail of enemy fire in order to lend more effective aid to the victim and to alleviate his anguish while being removed to a position of safety. By his indomitable courage and inspiring efforts in behalf of his wounded comrades, HC3c. Charette was directly responsible for saving many lives. His great personal valor reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service
His complete biography can be found here:
We are pleased to have the endorsement of MCPO William R. Charette, USN (ret).