The following information is an excerpt from Jack Greve, the District 25 Commander of the American Legion, concerning the upcoming ceremony of a local Medal of Honor recipient and it is encouraged that those veterans who would like to honor this individual with their presence be in attendance:
On behalf of Cynthia Breyfogle, Medical Center Director, you or a representative of your organization are cordially invited to attend a ceremony honoring Private First Class Charles George, Medal of Honor recipient. During the ceremony, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will present our Medical Center with a life-size bronze statue of PFC George. The ceremony will take place at the garden in front of our CLC entrance of the Charles George VA Medical Center, Asheville, North Carolina, on September 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. R.S.V.P is not required.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Songnae-dong, Korea, 30 November 1952. Entered service at: Whittier, N.C. Born: 23 August 1932, Cherokee, N.C.G.O. NO.: 19, 18 March 1954.
Citation:PFC George, a member of Company C, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy on the night of 30 November 1952. He was a member of a raiding party committed to engage the enemy and capture a prisoner for interrogation. Forging up the rugged slope of the key terrain feature, the group was subjected to intense mortar and machine gun fire and suffered several casualties. Throughout the advance, he fought valiantly and, upon reaching the crest of the hill, leaped into the trenches and closed with the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. When friendly troops were ordered to move back upon completion of the assignment, he and 2 comrades remained to cover the withdrawal. While in the process of leaving the trenches, a hostile soldier hurled a grenade into their midst. PFC George shouted a warning to 1 comrade, pushed the other soldier out of danger, and, with full knowledge of the consequences, unhesitatingly threw himself upon the grenade, absorbing the full blast of the explosion. Although seriously wounded in this display of valor, he refrained from any outcry which would divulge the position of his companions. The 2 soldiers evacuated him to the forward aid station and shortly thereafter he succumbed to his wound. PFC George's indomitable courage, consummate devotion to duty, and willing self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit upon himself and uphold the finest traditions of the military service.