ROAN, CHARLES HOWARD - Armstrong County, Texas | CHARLES HOWARD ROAN - Texas Gravestone Photos

Charles Howard ROAN

Claude Cemetery
Armstrong County,
Texas

Medal of Honor citation of Private First Class Charles Howard Roan, USMCR (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 250):

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu, Palau Islands, 18 September 1944. Shortly after his leader ordered a withdrawal upon discovering that the squad was partly cut off from their company as a result of the rapid advance along an exposed ridge during an aggressive attack on the strongly entrenched enemy, Private First Class Roan and his companions were suddenly engaged in a furious exchange of hand grenades by Japanese forces emplaced in a cave on higher ground and to the rear of the squad. Seeking protection with four other Marines in a depression in the rocky, broken terrain, Private First Class Roan was wounded by an enemy grenade which fell close to their position and, immediately realizing the imminent peril to his comrades when another grenade landed in the midst of the group, unhesitatingly flung himself upon it, covering it with his body and absorbing the full impact of the explosion. By his prompt action and selfless conduct in the face of almost certain death, he saved the lives of four men. His great personal valor reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his comrades."

Contributed on 11/3/15

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Record #: 93618

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Submitted: 11/3/15 • Approved: 11/3/15 • Last Updated: 3/23/18 • R93618-G0-S3

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