United States Medal of Honor Citations
by MEDAL OF HONOR
April 14, 2010
Corporal Charles G. Abrell was born on August 12,1931, in Terre Haute, Indiana. He joined the United States Marine Corps in his home city and served in the Korean War. On June 10, 1952 Corporal Abrell was advancing with his platoon in an attack against well concealed and heavily fortified enemy hill positions at Hangnyong, Korea. As the fighting intensified, Corporal Abrell voluntarily rushed forward through the assaulting squad, which was pinned down by a hail of intense and accurate automatic-weapons fire from a hostile bunker situated on commanding ground.
Although previously wounded by enemy hand grenade fragments, he proceeded to carry out a bold, single-handed attack against the bunker, exhorting his comrades to follow him. Sustaining 2 additional wounds as he stormed toward the emplacement, he resolutely pulled the pin from a grenade clutched in his hand and hurled himself bodily into the bunker with the live missile still in his grasp.
Fatally wounded in the resulting explosion, which killed the entire enemy gun crew within the stronghold, Cpl. Abrell, by his valiant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death, served to inspire all his comrades and contributed directly to the success of his platoon in attaining its objective. His superb courage and heroic initiative sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
For his outstanding gallantry, Corporal Charles G. Abrell was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
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