CHARLES J WATTERS
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HONORED ON PANEL 30E, LINE 36 OF THE WALL

CHARLES JOSEPH WATTERS

WALL NAME

CHARLES J WATTERS

PANEL / LINE

30E/36

DATE OF BIRTH

01/17/1927

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KONTUM

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/19/1967

HOME OF RECORD

BERKELEY HEIGHTS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Union County

STATE

NJ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

MAJ

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CHARLES JOSEPH WATTERS
POSTED ON 11.20.2018

Omnipresence

There were approximately 300 of us who initiated the fight for Hill 875 that infamous November morn.From the outset, our perimeter was impossible to define. How the the padre managed to embed himself in every conceivable location within our ranks is beyond my comprehension.
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POSTED ON 11.19.2018
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Medal of Honor Citation

Charles Joseph Watters

Father Watters served in the New Jersey National Guard before joining the active duty Army. He was the nephew of Navy Boatswain's Mate John J. Doran who received the Medal of Honor in the Spanish-American War.

Medal of Honor
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Army
Battalion: 173d Support Battalion
GENERAL ORDERS:
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 71 (November 20, 1969)
CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Major (Chaplain) Charles Joseph Watters (ASN: 0-3139624), United States Army (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company A, 173d Support Battalion, 173d Airborne Brigade, in action against enemy aggressor forces in an assault on Hill 875, Dak To, Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 19 November 1967. Chaplain Watters was moving with one of the companies when it engaged a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the battle raged and the casualties mounted, Chaplain Watters, with complete disregard for his safety, rushed forward to the line of contact. Unarmed and completely exposed, he moved among, as well as in front of the advancing troops, giving aid to the wounded, assisting in their evacuation, giving words of encouragement, and administering the last rites to the dying. When a wounded paratrooper was standing in shock in front of the assaulting forces, Chaplain Watters ran forward, picked the man up on his shoulders and carried him to safety. As the troopers battled to the first enemy entrenchment, Chaplain Watters ran through the intense enemy fire to the front of the entrenchment to aid a fallen comrade. A short time later, the paratroopers pulled back in preparation for a second assault. Chaplain Watters exposed himself to both friendly and enemy fire between the two forces in order to recover two wounded soldiers. Later, when the battalion was forced to pull back into a perimeter, Chaplain Watters noticed that several wounded soldiers were lying outside the newly formed perimeter. Without hesitation and ignoring attempts to restrain him, Chaplain Watters left the perimeter three times in the face of small arms, automatic weapons, and mortar fire to carry and to assist the injured troopers to safety. Satisfied that all of the wounded were inside the perimeter, he began aiding the medics--applying field bandages to open wounds, obtaining and serving food and water, giving spiritual and mental strength and comfort. During his ministering, he moved out to the perimeter from position to position redistributing food and water, and tending to the needs of his men. Chaplain Watters was giving aid to the wounded when he himself was mortally wounded. Chaplain Watters' unyielding perseverance and selfless devotion to his comrades was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army.
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POSTED ON 11.19.2018
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

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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POSTED ON 1.17.2018
POSTED BY: kr

Fr. Charles J. Watters - Birthday Remembrance (91st)

The "Friends of Rocky Versace" remember one of Rocky's fellow Medal of Honor recipients from the Vietnam War, Fr./Chaplain (Major) Charles Joseph Watters, on what would've been his 91st birthday - 17 January 2018. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him, Amen. May he rest in peace, Amen. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, Amen.
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POSTED ON 11.19.2017
POSTED BY: William Heath

Remembering the 50th year

Made the trip from Illinois to your home church St. Michaels and the Epiphany Church in NJ. They have a nice plaque at St Michaels and a beautiful rose garden at the Epiphany Church in memory of you. I stayed for mass and received comunion in your your memory. God bless you an may you be held in his arms peacefully.
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