Bamford, Charles Melvin, M/Sgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
1824-Mess Steward
Last MOS Group
Quartermaster Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1951, POW/MIA
Service Years
1939 - 1951

Master Sergeant

Three Service Stripes

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jul 24, 1951
Hostile, Died while Captured
Intentional Homicide
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Remains Not Recovered, Korea
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 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II Army Honorable Service Lapel Pin (1920-1939) 7th Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1951, Korean War Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
91st Infantry DivisionAir Defense UnitsPOW/MIA
  1944-1945, 91st Infantry Division
  1949-1950, HHB, 15th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion (SP)
  1950-1951, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/North Apennines Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Po Valley Campaign (1945)
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
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Last Known Activity
MSgt. Charle Bamford enlisted in the Army in 1939.  He served with the 91st Infantry Division in the Italian Campaign of WWII. Honorably discharged in 1945, he reenlisted in 1949.

In 1949, he was a member of Battery D, 15th Anti-Aircraft Artillery (Automatic Weapons) Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, on its way to Korea.  Then SFC Bamford was a battery mess sergeant.

He was taken Prisoner of War while fighting the enemy near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea on 2 December 1950, wounded 3 times, and marched to An-Dong, North Korea.  He died of maltreatment on 24 July 1951. His remains were not recovered.

On 28 September 199, SFC Charles M. Bamford Dining Facility was dedicated in his honor at a grand opening on that date at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Silver Star Citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant First Class Charles Bamford), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the Battery D, 15th Anti-Aircraft Artillery (Automatic Weapons) Battalion (Self Propelled), 7th Infantry Division, in action near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, during the period 29 and 30 November 1950.

On 29 November, when the unit was attacked by a numerically superior force, Sergeant First Class Bamford, who was then battery Mess Sergeant, lost his kitchen due to the enemy action. He then voluntarily assumed the task of assisting in bringing wounded men from their positions to the aid station and assisted in making the wounded more comfortable after they had been treated. In doing so, Sergeant Bamford exposed himself to intense enemy automatic weapons, mortar, and small arms fire on many occasions.

On 30 November, while aiding wounded men, Sergeant Bamford was himself wounded by enemy fire. Immediately after receiving first aid, he resumed his task of bringing in and caring for other wounded men, again exposing himself to the hazards of the heavy enemy fire. As a result of his repeated disregard for his own personal safety in going to the assistance of others he was wounded twice by enemy fire.

Again, despite his three wounds, Sergeant First Class Bamford voluntarily continued to assist and care for other disabled men until 2 December 1950 he was reported as Missing in Action. His outstanding heroism helped save the lives of many men, lightened the heavy burden of the medical personnel and inspired his comrades.

Sergeant First Class Bamford's gallant actions and selfless devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Notes/Links: (dining facility at Fort Bliss named in his honor) (details of service and loss)
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