Charles William Turner
Sergeant, United States Army
William Turner was born at Boston, Massachusetts, May 28, 1921. He earned
the Medal of Honor in the Korean War while serving with the Second Reconnaissance
Company, 2nd Division, near Yongsan, Korea, September 1, 1950.
He was killed-in-action on that occasion and was returned for burial in Section 12 of Arlington National Cemetery.
TURNER, CHARLES W
TURNER, CHARLES W.
Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, 2d Reconnaissance Company, 2d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Yongsan, Korea, 1 September 1950. Entered service at: Massachusetts. Birth: Boston, Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 10, 16 February 1951.
Sfc. Turner distinguished himself by conspicuous
gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against
the enemy. A large enemy force launched a mortar and automatic weapon supported
assault against his
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins
Charles W. Turner
Born at Boston, Massachuetts, in 1921
Sergeant First Class, US Army
Died of Wounds September 2, 1950 in Korea
Sergeant First Class Turner was a section leader with the 2nd Reconnaissance Company, 2nd Infantry Division. On September 1, 1950, near Yongsan, South Korea, the North Koreans launched an assault against his platoon. Noticing that the main attack was directed at the tank section, he left his protected position and raced to the tank and directed its fire from the exposed turret machine gun. His action helped destroy seven enemy machine gun positions. He was mortally wounded while manning his position. For his leadership and great valor, Sergeant First Class Turner was awarded the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart posthumously.