Edward R. Schowalter Jr., Ernest E. West, Dwight D. Eisenhower and William R. Charette

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Title

Edward R. Schowalter Jr., Ernest E. West, Dwight D. Eisenhower and William R. Charette

Alternative Title

Medal of Honor Ceremony

Subject

Korean War, 1950-1953
Veterans--Florida
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Medal of Honor

Description

President Dwight David Eisenhower poses with three recipients of the Medal of Honor at the White House on January 12, 1954. Appearing left to right are First Lieutenant Edward R. Schowalter, Jr., Private First Class Ernest E. West, President Eisenhower and Hospital Corpsman Third Class William R. Charette.

William R. Charette was born on March 29, 1932, and enlisted in the United States Navy on January 10, 1951. He was assigned to the 7th Marine Infantry Regiment of the Fleet Marine Forces Pacific, where he was deployed to the Korean Peninsula. He was nominated for the Navy Cross for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against enemy aggressor forces, repeatedly exposing himself to enemy fire, sustaining multiple injuries, and evacuating and treating numerous members of his and adjacent friendly forces. His award was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor and presented to him by President Eisenhower at a ceremony held in the Oval Office. As the only active-duty Navy enlisted recipient of the Medal of Honor in 1958, Charette was granted the final decision in selecting which particular "unknown soldier" from World War II would be interned at the Arlington National Cemetery tomb in Washington D.C. The "unknown soldier" ceremony took place aboard the USS Canberra, and the unselected candidates received a burial at sea. Charette’s later career was spent in the submarine and hospital services, including service aboard the USS Quillback, USS Triton, USS Daniel Webster and USS Simon Bolivar. He began living in Florida while stationed at the Orlando Naval Hospital and Orlando Recruit Dispensary. He retired to Lake Whales, Florida in 1977, after 26 years of service, and passed away on March 18, 2012. He was preceded in death by one son, and succeeded by three daughters, and one son. On March 22, 2012, Charette was buried in with his son in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. His wife of fifty-eight years, Louise Fraiser Charette, passed away on March 26, 2016 at the age of 81 and joined the two at their burial site.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.

Creator

United States Navy

Source

Digital reproduction of original black and white photograph.

Publisher

Naval Historical Center

Date Created

1954-01-12

Format

image/jpg

Extent

185 KB

Medium

1 black and white photograph

Type

Still Image

Coverage

White House, Washington, D.C

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Donation

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History Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by the United States Navy and published by the Naval Historical Center.

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Curator

Connolly, Lehman
Cravero, Geoffrey

External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017. https://today.ucf.edu/va-selects-ucf-historians-archive-stories-deceased-veterans/.
Black, Jeremy. World War Two: A Military History. London [u.a]: Routledge, 2003.

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