The biggest war clash in the history, the World War II, produced many heroes who shifted the boundaries of human bravery and durability.Some remained uncredited and forgotten, but others received the highest honors and awards. One of those is the Medal of Honor recipient, Charles P. Murray Jr.Charles Murray was born in Baltimore on 26th September 1921.
After the attack, a sergeant from his platoon counted 50 dead German soldiers. Charles Murray and his company managed to capture ten enemy soldiers, and another one approached the commander with his arms raised.
Pretending that he’s surrendering, the soldier threw a grenade towards Charles, knocking him off to the ground and wounding his leg. Charles was back on his feet in no time and has forbidden his men in their attempt to kill the soldier. Even wounded, he wouldn’t leave the battlefield until he made sure his men are safe and everything is in order. Charles then turned command to another officer and went to the battalion nursing tent. He was hospitalized until after Christmas and rejoined his men on the same hill where he left them on 28th December 1944.
Charles came to a knowledge of his Medal of Honor award when his wife sent him a piece of the local newspaper with the news. As per the military policy, he was removed from combat and sent to Salzburg. On 1st August 1945, he was awarded the highest military award in the United States Army: the Medal of Honor. He received the award in Salzburg, surrounded by the entire 3rd Division. One month later, he was sent home in Wilmington, where he was given a hero’s welcome.
Charles soon returned to Europe. He served another four years in Salzburg, where he became the head of U.S. intelligence for that city. Later, he participated in the Korean and the Vietnam wars, rising to the ranks of colonel. In 1970, the soldier was transferred to Fort Jackson in South California. In 1973, Charles officially retired from the army. After the army, he worked as a civilian for the South Carolina Department of Corrections. He lived in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife Anne until his death. The hero died from congestive heart failure on 12th August 2011.