Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Charles George. In 1952, Charles joined the Army to fight for his country in the Korean War.
Charles was born in Cherokee, North Carolina, and was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian with the name “Tsali”, which translates in English to “Charles.” Before enlisting in the Army, he grew up in Birdtown, Swain County. Following the warrior tradition of his heritage, Charles decided to serve his country during the Korean War. He became a private first class in Company C, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division.
In November 1952, Charles and the rest of Company C were given orders to battle and retain a prisoner for interrogation. After the battle, near Songnae-dong, Korea, seemed to be completed and most Americans retreated to camp, the enemy launched a grenade towards Charles and two of his fellow soldiers. In a split second, Charles threw himself onto the grenade to sacrifice his life to save the others. Following the explosion, Charles suffered in silence to prevent enemies from locating him and the other soldiers. Although his death was not instant and medics tried to save him, Charles passed away Nov. 30, 1952.
Two years after his death, Charles was posthumously awarded our nation’s highest honor: the Medal of Honor.
Today the VA Medical Center in Asheville, North Carolina, is known as the Charles George VA Medical Center in honor of him.
We honor your service, Charles.
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Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.