Charles T. Horner Jr.

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Troina, Sicily, 29 July 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, NATOUSA, General Orders No. 28 (1944)

Citation: Charles T. Horner, Jr, O-23530, Lieutenant Colonel (then Major), Infantry, for extraordinary heroism in action on 29 July 1943 near Troina, Sicily. On at least two occasions during the battle for the city of Troina, by his magnificent personal leadership and incomparable bravery, he inspired and rallied the members of his command so that they were enabled to seize and retain their hard won objectives. In the final assault on the city, Lieutenant Colonel Horner, with rifle in hand, personally led his men up the towering sides of the mountain guarding this bristling fortress and in the heat of the salvage battle for the city, so inspired his men by his example of bravery that they pressed on in the face of tremendous odds to take their final objective and enter the city with Lieutenant Colonel Horner at the front of his battalion. Entered service from Pennsylvania.

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