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Charles F. Voelker

Date of death: February 22, 1945
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Crafton
Home of record: Crafton Pennsylvania
Status: KIA


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Charles F. Voelker (MCSN: 426160), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving in a platoon of Company B, First Battalion, Twenty-sixth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 21 February 1945. When his company's assault across the beaches was temporarily halted by a hail of fire from a fiercely defending hostile force in a pillbox, Corporal Voelker boldly crawled intense small-arms fire immediately concentrated on him, pressed forward relentlessly to a position where he could bring fire to bear upon the emplacement from his antitank rocket launcher. Pouring round after round into the fortification, he destroyed the formidable strong point before he was fatally wounded after having expended his last shell. His courage and zealous devotion to duty in voluntarily under-taking this hazardous mission inspired his comrades to renew their attack and achieve their objective, thereby reflecting the highest credit upon Corporal Voelker and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 34878 (December 11, 1945)

Action Date: February 22, 1945

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Company: Company B

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 26th Marines

Division: 5th Marine Division