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Charles F. Hildreth , Jr.

Date of death: DNB: July 8, 1947)
Status: DNB


Soldier's Medal

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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pride in presenting the Soldier's Medal (Posthumously) to Private First Class Charles F. Hildreth, Jr., United States Army Air Forces, for heroism at the risk of life not involving conflict with an armed enemy as a member of the 56th Air Engineering Squadron, 8080th Maintenance and Supply Group (Provisional), on 8 July 1947, when he observed a man drowning in a channel through the reef at Tarague Beach, on the Island of Guam. He swam out to the man and brought him to the safety of the beach. Private Hildreth lost his life when he returned to aid in saving several other men in the channel. His heroism reflects great credit on himself and the armed services.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 10 (January 30, 1948)

Action Date: July 8, 1947

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Private First Class

Company: 56th Air Engineering Squadron

Regiment: 8080th Maintenance and Supply Group (Provisional)