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Charles Clinton Fleek
Army Medal of Honor
Born (1947-08-28)August 28, 1947
Died May 27, 1969(1969-05-27) (aged 21)
Place of birth Petersburg, Kentucky
Place of death Binh Duong Province, Republic of Vietnam
Place of burial Petersburg Cemetery Petersburg, Kentucky
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Medal of Honor

Charles Clinton Fleek (August 28, 1947 – May 27, 1969) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Fleek joined the Army from Cincinnati, Ohio, and by May 27, 1969 was serving as a Sergeant in Company C, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. During a firefight on that day, in Binh Duong Province, Republic of Vietnam, Fleek smothered the blast of an enemy-thrown hand grenade with his body, sacrificing his life to protect those around him.[1]

Fleek, aged 21 at his death, was buried at Petersburg Cemetery in his birth city of Petersburg, Kentucky.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

Sergeant Fleek's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Fleek distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader in Company C, during an ambush operation. Sgt. Fleek's unit was deployed in ambush locations when a large enemy force approached the position. Suddenly, the leading enemy element, sensing the ambush, halted and started to withdraw. Reacting instantly, Sgt. Fleek opened fire and directed the effective fire of his men upon the numerically superior enemy force. During the fierce battle that followed, an enemy soldier threw a grenade into the squad position. Realizing that his men had not seen the grenade, Sgt. Fleek, although in a position to seek cover, shouted a warning to his comrades and threw himself onto the grenade, absorbing its blast. His gallant action undoubtedly saved the lives or prevented the injury of at least 8 of his fellow soldiers. Sgt. Fleek's gallantry and willing self-sacrifice were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.[1]

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