Charles Mainor

Charles L. Mainor was born in Jacksonville Florida on July 16, 1928 to James Madison Mainor and Eldridge Elaney Mainor (nee Claud). He enlisted in the Army at a young age, having served in World War II and the Korean War.  He married Carole Hyder.  He retired from the military at Ft. Dix, NJ after a long career and eventually moved to Florida where he was active with both the local VFW and American Legion. He had four children- Johnny, Kenny, Brett, and Merri- and seven grandchildren.   He passed away on February 12, 1999 and is buried in Beverly National Cemetery in New Jersey.

Silver Star Citation: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Corporal Charles L. Mainor (ASN: RA-14147240), United States Army, for gallantry in action as a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, on 16 July 1950, near Taip-yong-ni, Korea. Corporal Mainor distinguished himself against an overwhelming number of enemy when the right flank of Company B was being overrun. Company B was in a defensive position along the south flank of the Kum River. After several hours of intense fighting, Company B was being attacked from three sides and the enemy had gotten into foxholes in the company position. Corporal Mainor was assistant gunner for a 3.5 rocket launcher. A shell from an enemy tank exploded in his foxhole destroying his rocket launcher and wounding him. Corporal Mainor using his M-1 rifle began firing on an enemy machine gun position approximately twenty feet from his foxhole. A bullet strike on the top of Corporal Mainor’s helmet dazed him and even though dazed and bleeding, he continued to fire into the enemy machine gun nest until he had killed all the enemy there. He then took cover in a rice paddy and continued to fire at the oncoming enemy. When he began to “blackout” and could not see for intervals of time his platoon leader ordered him to the aid station but he refused to leave his platoon. After part of the platoon had withdrawn corporal Mainor withdrew only to return with a message. He then guided the platoon over a safe route of withdrawal. The outstanding courage and devotion to duty by Corporal Mainor reflects the highest credit on himself and the military service (From: https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/108290)

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A Loving Grandfather

“Granddad” absolutely adored his grandchildren. Whether it was taking them out on his boat, to fishing off his dock, to swimming in Silver Glen, he wanted to share his love of the water and outdoors with them. He always welcomed them with his “hug-a-neck” and was their biggest fan. He taught them to respect the flag at a young age and made sure they attended every veterans event that they could.

-- Bobbie - Granddaughter

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Korean War - Key Events

January 12, 1950

In a speech to the National Press Club, U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson outlines a U.S. Pacific defense posture that includes Japan and the Philippines but does not explicitly include Korea. In fact, he states that, “so far as the military security of other areas in the Pacific is concerned, it must be clear that no person can guarantee these areas against military attack.”

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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