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First Name: Charles

Last Name: Widdecke

Birthplace: Bryan, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)



Home of Record: Dallas, TX
Middle Name: F.



Date of Birth: 11 May 1919



Rank: Major General

Years Served: 1941-1972
Charles F. Widdecke

   
Engagements:
•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)

Biography:

Charles F. Widdecke

Major General, U. S. Marine Corps

Navy Cross

GENERAL ORDERS: Authority: Board of Awards: Serial SPECIAL (SofN signed May 28, 1946) CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Charles F. Widdecke (MCSN: 0-8547), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines (Reinforced), First Provisional Marine Brigade, Fifth Amphibious Corps, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Guam, Marianas Islands, from 21 to 25 July 1944. Landing in the assault on Guam, Captain Widdecke led his men to the left flank of our invading force and, securing a position on the beach in the face of strong opposition, prepared for the attack against the fanatic enemy holding Orote Peninsula and its strategic airfield. A fearless and brilliant leader, he inspired his company to sustain the momentum of the subsequent attacks despite the bitterness of the action and the many casualties sustained by his Marines. With his company's advance disrupted by heavy machine-gun, rifle, artillery and mortar barrages, on 25 July, Captain Widdecke organized his men and, stepping out in front of all troops, led them in a bold and aggressive charge through intense hostile fire. Throwing the full power of his unit into the fight, he smashed the resisting Japanese with terrific impact, blasting defenses and capturing the hostile position before he himself was seriously wounded. His daring initiative, indomitable spirit and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk were important factors in the success of our operations against the enemy on Guam, and his heroic conduct throughout reflects the highest credit upon Captain Widdecke and the United States Naval Service.

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

AWARDED FOR ACTIONS DURING Vietnam War
Service: Marine Corps
GENERAL ORDERS:
CITATION:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General Charles F. Widdecke (MCSN: 0-8547), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States. His singularly distinctive accomplishments and his dedicated contributions in the service of his country reflect the highest credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Silver Star

AWARDED FOR ACTIONS DURING World War II
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Captain
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Division: V Amphibious Corps
GENERAL ORDERS:
CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Charles F. Widdecke (MCSN: 0-8547), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commanding Officer of Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-second Marines, Reinforced, Fifth Amphibious Corps in action against enemy Japanese forces on Parry Island, Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands on 22 February 1944. Boldly and courageously leading his troops in a landing assault in the face of a furious barrage from hostile heavy mortars and machine guns, Captain Widdecke aggressively advanced and fearlessly exposing himself to the steady hail of machine gun bullets in order to remain in full view of his men, continued to encourage and direct them in a headlong attack against the fanatically entrenched enemy. His forceful leadership, indomitable fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty served as an inspiration to his men and reflect the highest credit upon Captain Widdecke and the United States Naval Service.

Legion of Merit

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Major General
GENERAL ORDERS:
CITATION:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General Charles F. Widdecke (MCSN: 0-8547), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Legion of Merit

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Major General
GENERAL ORDERS:
CITATION:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General Charles F. Widdecke (MCSN: 0-8547), United States Marine Corps, was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.



Origin of Nickname/Handle:

Texas WWII Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 315840   Created by: drjones46

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