Abrell, Charles Gene, Cpl

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0369-Infantry Unit Leader
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1950-1951, 0311, E Co, 2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1)
Service Years
1948 - 1951



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Casualty Info
Home Town
Terre Haute. IN
Last Address
Terre Haute. IN

Casualty Date
Jun 10, 1951
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
West Lawn Cemetery - Farmersburg, Indiana
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Korean War Fallen
  1951, Korean War Fallen

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Last Known Activity
Cpl. Charles Abrell enlisted on 12 August 1948 from Terre Haute, Indiana. Following training, he entered combat in Korea during the Inchon Invasion.

He participated in combat at Inchon, Seoul, Wonsan, Chosin Reservoir, and Hanghum before he was killed in action at Hwachon on 10 June 1951.

He was initially interred in the United Nations Military Cemetery in Tanggok, South Korea

Cpl. Abrell was two months short of his 20th birthday. His Medal was awarded to him posthumously 4 September 952, and was presented to his mother at the Pentagon by Secretary of the Navy Dan A. Kimball.

Fifty years after his death, on June 10, 2001, a statue of Corporal Abrell was erected to honor him on the grounds of the Vigo County Courthouse, Terre Haute, Indiana.
Medal of Honor

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Corporal Charles Gene Abrell, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Fire Team Leader in Company E, Second Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces on 10 June 1951, near Hangnyong, Korea.

While advancing with his platoon in an attack against well-concealed and heavily fortified enemy hill positions, 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 two 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 guncrew within the stronghold, Corporal 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.

Action Date: 10-Jun-51
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Corporal
Company: Company E
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Regiment: 1st Marines
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1948, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)1
 Unit Assignments
21st Marine Regiment2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2), 2nd Marine Regiment2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (2/1), 1st Marine Regiment
  1949-1949, 1st Bn, 21st Marine Regiment (1/21)
  1949-1950, 0300, 2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2), 2nd Marine Regiment
  1950-1951, 0311, E Co, 2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Battle of the Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Seige of Wonsan
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Tribute Korean War Project - David Kornaus
  Sep 01, 1951, Leatherneck Magazine - September 1951
  Aug 22, 2014, General Photos3
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