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03-19-12, 08:53 PM #1
RIP Master Chief Charette: Corpsman / MoH Recipient Dead at 79.
Medal of Honor recipient dies at 79
By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Mar 19, 2012 17:36:01 EDT
Retired Master Chief Hospital Corpsman William Charette, who received a Medal of Honor for throwing his body on top of a patient during a grenade attack during the Korean War, has died.
Charette, 79, died Sunday morning at his Lake Wales, Fla., according to the Ludington Daily News. His nephew told the paper that Charette had undergone a couple of surgeries in the last six months.
Charette enlisted in the Navy in 1951 and joined Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, which left for Korea in February 1953. It was March 27, 1953, during the Chinese attack on Marine outpost Vegas when Charette threw himself over his patient during a grenade attack, absorbing the blast with his own body, according to the Military Times Hall of Valor.
In separate instances, Charette removed his battle vest to put on a patient, tore parts of his uniform to dress battle wounds and stood up in a trench, braving gunfire, to attend to a patient.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented the Medal of Honor to Charette in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 12, 1954. He was one of five enlisted sailors to receive the nation’s highest military medal for valor during the Korean War. Charette was the only one living of the five.
In 1958, Charette received the honor of representing Korea War vets in selecting World War II remains to be placed in the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, according to the Marine Corps History Division.
03-19-12, 10:53 PM #2
......Master Chief Charette was one of my instructors' in 66' and 67', at Hosp. Corps School in San Diego, Ca. Eventually, MCPO Charette moved to South Florida and retired. He had nothing but great things to say about his time with FMF.
Rest in Peace Master Chief......
03-19-12, 11:02 PM #3
RIP Master Chief.
03-20-12, 08:10 AM #4
Rest in Peace Master Chief.
03-20-12, 10:11 AM #5
Rest in Peace Master Chief Charette.Put Down that Corpsman Bag and pick up your Halo.You Earned it.God Bless Forever Doc.....
03-20-12, 08:48 PM #6
RIP Master Chief,Semper Fidelis.
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