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Charles G. Abrell

Awarded the Medal of Honor

Born: August 31, 1931, Terre Haute, Indiana
Died: June 10, 1951 (age 20) Hangnyong, Korea

Charles Gene Abrell was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps who served with Company E, 2nd Battalion 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, during the Korean War. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions and sacrifice of life on June 10, 1951 near Hangnyong, Korea while advancing his platoon against enemy fire.

What do you know about Charles G. Abrell? Try this quick quiz.

1. He attended school in Las Vegas, Nevada. When did he enlist in the Marine Corps?

  • August 17, 1948
  • August 31, 1949
  • August 31, 1950

2. Where did he take his recruit training?

  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina
  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California
  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Antonio, Texas

3. After recruit training, where was he assigned to?

  • Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California
  • Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California
  • Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

4. What ship did he served aboard the before going to Korea with the 1st Marine Division?

  • USS Canton
  • USS Noble
  • USS Sidearm

5. What duties did he serve with Company E?

  • Fire team leader
  • Platoon leader
  • Scout

6. Although previously wounded by enemy hand grenade fragments, Cpl. Abrell proceeded to carry out a bold, single-handed attack against the bunker, exhorting his comrades to follow him. Sustaining 2 additional wounds as he stormed toward the emplacement, he resolutely pulled the pin from a grenade clutched in his hand and hurled himself bodily into the bunker with the live missile still in his grasp.

  • Fact or Myth?

7. Fatally wounded in the resulting explosion which killed the entire enemy guncrew within the stronghold, Cpl. Abrell, by his valiant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death, served to inspire all his comrades and contributed directly to the success of his platoon in attaining its objective.

  • Fact or Myth?

8. His Medal was awarded to him posthumously and was presented to his mother at the Pentagon by Secretary of the Navy Dan A. Kimball. When was his Medal awarded?

  • September 4, 1952
  • September 4, 1954
  • September 4, 1956

9. In June 2001, a life-sized bronze statue of Charles Abrell on the grounds of the Vigo County Courthouse, Indiana, was dedicated in honor of those who served in Korea.

  • Fact or Myth?

10. Where is Charles G. Abrell buried?

  • West Lawn Cemetery, Farmersburg, Indiana
  • Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York,
  • Hollywood Forever, Hollywood, California


  • 1. August 17, 1948
  • 2. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina
  • 3. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
  • 4. USS Noble
  • 5. Fire team leader
  • 6. Fact
  • 7. Fact
  • 8. September 4, 1952
  • 9. Fact
  • Angels on your pillow10. West Lawn Cemetery in Farmersburg, Indiana

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