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 11.19.2017
POSTED BY: William P. Smith / 173rd Airborne Brigade

50th Anniversary

RIP Major, I served with you in the 173rd. I was not on hill 875 with you.
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POSTED ON 11.13.2017
POSTED BY: William D Heath CO A

YOU WALKED WITH US

It was an extreme honor to know you, Father Watters. I was at your final service on that erie, quiet, morning before going up Hill 875. Your smile, positive attitude, and dedication to us has been a permenant inspiration for me. It will be 50yrs this Nov. 19th since I received communion on that deadly day. Father, for 50 years I have remembered you when I receive communion.

I thank god for you being with us when you did not have to be there.


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POSTED ON 11.19.2016
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Medal of Honor Citation

Charles Joseph Watters
Date of birth: January 17, 1927
Date of death: November 19, 1967
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: New Jersey, Jersey City
Home of record: Fort Dix New Jersey
Status: KIA

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.
AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Medal of Honor

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

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.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 71 (November 20, 1969)

Action Date: 19-Nov-67

Service: Army

Rank: Major

Company: Company A

Battalion: 173d Support Battalion

Regiment: 173d Airborne Brigade
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POSTED ON 9.26.2016

Thanks for Being There!! And stepping up when Hell became reality...

Thank you Father for being there for the Troopers when they needed you..
RIP Father







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POSTED ON 3.3.2016
POSTED BY: Gary Decoteau

Remembrance

I remember Father Watters visiting An Khe where I served as a Chaplains Assistant with the 1st Cavalry Division. This was shortly before Dak To. I was blessed to have met him. Rest in peace Father Watters.
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