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Carlos C. Ogden
Born May 9, 1917[1]
Died April 2, 2001(2001-04-02) (aged 83)
Place of birth Borton, Illinois
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Major
Unit 3rd Battalion, 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Medal of Honor
Bronze Star
Purple Heart (4)
Relations Louise, wife
Jim, son
Bud, son
Ralph, son
Fred, son

Carlos Carnes Ogden, Sr.[2] (May 9, 1917 – April 2, 2001)[1] was a United States Army officer and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.

Ogden joined the Army from Fairmount, Illinois in April 1941,[3] and by June 25, 1944 was serving as a First Lieutenant in Company K, 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division. During a firefight on that day, near Fort du Roule, France, Ogden single-handedly destroyed three German gun emplacements. For his actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor one year later, on June 28, 1945.

Ogden reached the rank of major before leaving the Army. He died at age 83 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Ogden's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

On the morning of June 25, 1944, near Fort du Roule, guarding the approaches to Cherbourg, France, 1st Lt. Ogden's company was pinned down by fire from a German 88-mm. gun and 2 machineguns. Arming himself with an M-1 rifle, a grenade launcher, and a number of rifle and handgrenades, he left his company in position and advanced alone, under fire, up the slope toward the enemy emplacements. Struck on the head and knocked down by a glancing machinegun bullet, 1st Lt. Ogden, in spite of his painful wound and enemy fire from close range, continued up the hill. Reaching a vantage point, he silenced the 88mm. gun with a well-placed rifle grenade and then, with handgrenades, knocked out the 2 machineguns, again being painfully wounded. 1st Lt. Ogden's heroic leadership and indomitable courage in alone silencing these enemy weapons inspired his men to greater effort and cleared the way for the company to continue the advance and reach its objectives.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Sources are inconsistent on Ogden's date of birth. His Medal of Honor citation gives May 19, 1917 ("Medal of Honor recipients - World War II (M-S)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2010. ), while his government-issued headstone gives May 9, 1917 "Carlos C. Ogden". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
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  3. WWII Army Enlistment Records


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