Smith, Charles Edward, EMC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1941-1942, EM-0000, USS Canopus (AS-9)
Service Years
1930 - 1942
EM-Electrician's Mate
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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Cedar Rapids, IA

Casualty Date
Feb 08, 1942
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: A Row: 9 Grave: 18

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World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
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 Duty Stations
USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1941-1942, EM-0000, USS Canopus (AS-9)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Japanese air attacks on US vessels in Cavite
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
KIA - Bataan, Philippines - Feb. 1942

Name of Award
Army Distinguished Service Cross

Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Chief Electrician's Mate Charles Edward Smith (NSN: 3205576), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while detached for service with the United Forces in the Philippines, in the vicinity of Quinauan Point, Bataan, Philippine Islands, on 8 February 1942. When it became necessary to coordinate an attack from seaward with the operations of ground forces in breaking the resistance of a defiladed and strongly held enemy position, Chief Electrician's Mate Smith was charged with directing the fire of the bow guns from across an exposed position outside the gun shields. During the entire operation this intrepid Bluejacket maintained accurate and voluminous fire from his exposed post in the bow of the boat despite heavy enemy fire from the beach, and several hostile dive bombing attacks. On the return trip, after completion of the mission, chief Electrician's Mate Smith took a machine gun position in an open part of the boat where he ignored considerations of personal safety in firing at dive bombers as they came in to attack, thereby driving off two such attacks. On one occasion, seeing bombs falling toward the boat, Chief Electrician's Mate Smith pushed a crew member into a protected spot which was available to him, thereby saving his companion's life at the expense of his own. This valiant Bluejacket was killed only after having contributed in large measure to the success of this vital enterprise.

General Orders: Headquarters, Allied Forces in the Philippines, General Orders No. 20 (April 9, 1942)
Action Date: 8-Feb-42
Service: Navy
Rank: Chief Electrician's Mate
Company: U.S. Naval Activities
Division: Fort Mills, Philippine Islands
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