Seminara, Charles Benjamin, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
Last MOSGroup
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 0369, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)/Echo Co
Service Years
1953 - 1969

Staff Sergeant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
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Last Address

Casualty Date
Aug 10, 1969
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Quang Tri
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Assumption Cemetery and Mausoleum - Syracuse, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20W 127/Plot: 12

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1959, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), 117
 Unit Assignments
3rd Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)
  1969-1969, 0369, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)/Echo Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign (1969)
  1969-1969 Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign/Operation Idaho Canyon
  1969-1969 Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1969 Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign/Battle of Hill 484 on Mutter's Ridge
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
UTM grid reference is XD946630
2nd Tour VN
Service number 1364958/121264398
Tour start date 07/07/1969

Silver Star awared Posthumously

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Charles B. Seminara, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and interpidity in action while serving as Platoon Sergeant with Company E, Second Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division (Rein), FMF, in connection with combat operation against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. In the 
early morning hours of 10 August 1969, during Operation IDAHO CANYON, Staff Sergeant
Seminara platoon was occupying a defensive position northwest of the Vandergrift Combat
Base in Quang Tri Province when the Marines came under a vicious ground attack by a
North Vietnamese Army company. In the initial moments of the fierce assualt, Staff
Sergeant Seminara was seriously wounded but realizing the seriousness of the situation
ignored his painful injury as he boldly moved across the fire-swept terrian to shout
instruction to his men and direct their suppressive fire on the determned enemy.
Observing that several casualties lay dangerously exposed positions, he completely
disregarded the possiibility of sustaining further injury as he fearlessly move the wounded
men to covered positions. Noting that one sector of the defensive perimeter was
undermanned and in imminent danger of hostile penetration, Staff Sergeant Seminara
display vast tactical skill as he quickly reinforced the point with Marines from a less-
contested area and, by this action, preventedthe enemy from overrunning the platoon. As
dauntlessly patrolled his unit's defensive perimeter to ensure that every possible avenue
of approach was effectively covered with fire power, he sighted a grenade laand in proximity
to a machine gunner. With no though for the probale consequences of his actions, he
raced to the man's position and was able to shout a warning to his companion before being
mortally wounded by the detonation of the lethal object. His heroic and determined actions
inspired all who observed hin and contributed significantly to the defeat of the North
Vietnamese Army Force. By his courage, aggressive leadership and unwavering devotion to
duty. Staff Sergeant Seminara upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the 
United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. 
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