SILVER STAR CITATION
LAIRD, CHARLES W. JR.
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure
in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class Charles W. Laird, Jr.,
(UCSM: 567039) United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, First
Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action
against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 2 December 1950.
When hostile machine gun fire from a well-entrenched
position pinned down his company during an attack, Private First Class Laird
bravely volunteered to seek out and destroy the enemy strong point.
Boldly attacking the gun emplacement in the face of direct
hostile fire, he killed eleven of the enemy with his rifle and hand grenades,
thereby directly aiding his company in continuing the advance.
By his marked courage, aggressive fighting spirit and
unswerving devotion to duty, Private First Class Laird served to inspire all
who observed him and up-held the highest traditions of the United States Naval
Born: Uvalde, Texas Home Town: Houston, Texas
Submitted by Carlos E. Ballard FMAW—MAG—12
Charles Laird was a longtime member of the Texas Lone Star
Well deserved recognition!