Sergeant Charles E. Mower, USA (November 3, 1944)

where to buy quality modafinil Charles E. Mower was born on November 29, 1924 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. His enlistment record not among those preserved by the National Archives, but he clearly showed leadership once he joined the United States Army because he quickly attained the rank of Sergeant by this day seventy years ago. Mower was just 19 years old and three and a half weeks shy of his 20th birthday.

buy modafinil bulk powder On November 3, 1944 in action with Company A, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division during the Battle of Leyte, Sergeant Mower took command of his rifle squad and directed their attack from a completely exposed position in the middle of a stream bed. The Japanese enemy quickly directed all their fires on him and he was killed, but his courageous stand inspired his comrades to victory and was later posthumously recognized with the Medal of Honor.

From Medal of Honor Citations for World War II (M-S):

Medal of Honor ribbon (foreground); World War II Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon (background)
Medal of Honor ribbon (foreground); World War II Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon (background)
Photo: Military Times’ Hall of Valor

*MOWER, CHARLES E.

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 34th Infantry, 24th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Capoocan, Leyte. Philippine Islands, 3 November 1944. Entered service at: Chippewa Falls, Wis. G.O. No.: 17, 11 February 1946

Citation: He was an assistant squad leader in an attack against strongly defended enemy positions on both sides of a stream running through a wooded gulch. As the squad advanced through concentrated fire, the leader was killed and Sgt. Mower assumed command. In order to bring direct fire upon the enemy, he had started to lead his men across the stream, which by this time was churned by machinegun and rifle fire, but he was severely wounded before reaching the opposite bank. After signaling his unit to halt, he realized his own exposed position was the most advantageous point from which to direct the attack, and stood fast. Half submerged, gravely wounded, but refusing to seek shelter or accept aid of any kind, he continued to shout and signal to his squad as he directed it in the destruction of 2 enemy machineguns and numerous riflemen. Discovering that the intrepid man in the stream was largely responsible for the successful action being taken against them, the remaining Japanese concentrated the full force of their firepower upon him, and he was killed while still urging his men on. Sgt. Mower’s gallant initiative and heroic determination aided materially in the successful completion of his squad’s mission. His magnificent leadership was an inspiration to those with whom he served.

Sergeant Mower today rests in peace with 17,200 of his comrades-in-arms at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines. The 24th Infantry Division was last an active unit of the Army in 2006, but 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry is a Basic Combat Training unit attached to the 165th Infantry Brigade at Fort Jackson, South Carolina where they prepare the Army recruits of today for the battlefields of tomorrow.

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