Navy to name a destroyer after William Charette

March 21, 2019

Ludington Native William Charette has received many honors for his service to the country.

On Monday, he was once again honored posthumously for his actions in the Korean War that earned him the Medal of Honor. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced in a statement that a new destroyer will be named after Charette.

“The future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer William Charette (DDG-130) will honor a hospital corpsman awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean War. Master Chief William Charette joined the Navy in 1951 and served in Korea as a hospital corpsman attached to Company F, Third Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Division,” he wrote in a statement. “The actions of Hospital Corpsman William Charette will neither be forgotten or diminished. Charette put himself at extreme risk during intense combat to render aid to Marines in need. His efforts saved lives, and I am honored that his legacy will live on in the future USS William Charette (DDG-130).”

Charette received the Medal of Honor in Washington, D.C., from President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Jan. 12, 1954. He was one of five enlisted sailors to receive the nation’s highest award for military valor during the Korean War. All were hospital corpsmen serving with the Marines.

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