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Sgt. Charles E. Mower

 

Sgt. Charles E. Mower, a native of Wisconsin, served with Company A, 34th Infantry, 24th Infantry Division, during the early phase of the Leyte campaign. On 3 November 1944, he assumed command of his squad and led it in destroying two enemy machine gun nests and numerous riflemen while the enemy's fire was concentrated on his exposed position in the middle of a stream. Although seriously wounded, he refused to seek shelter or accept aid as he directed the squad in accomplishing its mission. Sgt. Mower was killed while urging his men on and was awarded, posthumously, the Medal of Honor.

 

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Tryon (APH-1) (q.v.), a troop and hospital evacuation ship, was transferred to the War Department on17 July 1946 and was later renamed Sgt. Charles E. Mower.