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Medal of Honor recipient dies at 79 – Retired Master Chief Hospital Corpsman William Charette

Corpsman William Charette, who received the Medal of Honor for service during the Korean War, died March 18 at the age of 79.

By Gina Harkins – Staff writer – Navy Times
Posted : Monday Mar 19, 2012 17:36:01 EDT

Retired Master Chief Hospital Corpsman William Charette, who received a Medal of Honor for throwing his body on top of a patient during a grenade attack during the Korean War, has died.

Charette, 79, died Sunday morning at his Lake Wales, Fla., according to the Ludington Daily News. His nephew told the paper that Charette had undergone a couple of surgeries in the last six months.

Charette enlisted in the Navy in 1951 and joined Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, which left for Korea in February 1953. It was March 27, 1953, during the Chinese attack on Marine outpost Vegas when Charette threw himself over his patient during a grenade attack, absorbing the blast with his own body, according to the Military Times Hall of Valor.

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