Charles Mower

Written by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg

Staff Sergeant Charles Mower of Chippewa Falls was assistant squad leader while serving near Capoocan, on the island of Leyte. When his squad leader was killed in a Japanese attack, he took over the command, although he was severely wounded and crouched in an exposed position in a stream. 

By following the directions he shouted, Mower's men, under cover, were able to destroy two enemy machine guns and kill many enemy riflemen. The enemy soldiers eventually spotted him and concentrated their firepower upon him, killing him. Not only was the squad's mission successfully completed because of Sergeant Mower's heroic actions, but he undoubtedly saved the lives of the approximately 200 men in his unit. 

Mower was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Additional recognition came when a hospital shipólater made into a troop shipówas named after him. 

Three plaques removed from this ship, when it was eventually dismantled, are displayed in Chippewa Falls at the post office, McDonell High School, and the American Legion post.