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CHARLES BENJAMIN SEMINARA


is honored on Panel 20W, Line 127 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 8/10/18 - by A US Marine, Quang Tri, 1969
    Charles B. Seminara


    Silver Star
    AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
    DURING Vietnam War
    Service: Marine Corps
    Rank: Staff Sergeant
    Battalion: 2d Battalion
    Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
    GENERAL ORDERS:

    CITATION:
    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Charles B. Seminara (MCSN: 1364958), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company E, Second Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. In the early morning hours of 10 August 1969, during Operation IDAHO CANYON, Staff Sergeant Seminara's platoon was occupying a defensive position northwest of the Vandegrift Combat Base in Quang Tri Province when the Marines came under a vicious ground attack by a North Vietnamese Army company. In the initial moments of the fierce assault, Staff Sergeant Seminara was seriously wounded but, realizing the seriousness of the situation, ignored his painful injury as he boldly moved across the fire-swept terrain to shout instructions to his men and direct their suppressive fire on the determined enemy. Observing that several casualties lay in dangerously exposed positions, he completely disregarded the possibility of sustaining further injury as he fearlessly moved the wounded men to covered positions. Noting that one sector of the defensive perimeter was undermanned and in imminent danger of hostile penetration, Staff Sergeant Seminara displayed vast tactical skill as he quickly reinforced the point with Marines from a less-contested area and, by this action, prevented the enemy from overrunning the platoon. As he dauntlessly patrolled his unit's defensive perimeter to ensure that every possible avenue of approach was effectively covered with fire power, he sighted a grenade land in proximity to a machine gunner. With no though for the probable consequences of his actions, he raced to the man's position and was able to shout a warning to his companion before being mortally wounded by the detonation of the lethal object. His heroic and determined actions inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the defeat of the North Vietnamese Army force. By his courage, aggressive leadership and unwavering devotion to duty, Staff Sergeant Seminara upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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  • An American Hero

    Posted on 8/10/18 - by Janice Current janlc75150@yahoo.com
    Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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  • Hell on Earth

    Posted on 8/16/17 - by Buchananusps@aol.com
    My company was close enough to hear this battle. Several hours later part of my company was choppered in to take out the dead and wounded. This was one of the most horrific sites I had ever seen and it still haunts me to this day. These brave Marines went though Hell I am sure. Therefore, they are resting in Heaven. Our Sgt was KIA by mortar fire shortly after we landed.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/14/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SSGT Charles Benjamin Seminara, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Photo of a hero

    Posted on 5/7/13 - by CHASE ASH chaseusa11b@yahoo.com

    I purchased a uniform belonging to Charles Seminara at a swap meet in California and was stunned to find out the history and heroic death of the man. In order to find out more about him I sent to St. Louis to receive his records and they included this picture. I will keep Seminara's uniform as a tribute to the man and hope his photo is shared to help others remember.

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