For God and Country

​​​Martin County Veterans Memorial www.mcvm.org

KING, CHARLES A

YEARS OF SERVICE: WWII

BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. ARMY

BIOGRAPHY: Charles served as a rifle sergeant attached to the British Number1 Commando Brigade during the invasion of North Africa. Captured by the Germans at Bizerte, North Africa on December 1, 1942 and held as a prisoner of war for 9 months. Ater his liberation, he attended the Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Georgia where he received his commission and the rank of 2nd lieutenant. Later deployed to the the Southwest Pacific Theatre, assigned to the 25th Infantry "Tropic Lightning" Division. Served as a platoon leader during the invasion of Luzon, Philippine Islands. Awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, with one battle star, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars and 1 Bronze Arrowhead, WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge.