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Rank and organization: Major, 01289816, Headquarters, 55th Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division, APO 261, U. S. Army.

General Order No. 13, 28 January 1945.


Major CHARLES R. SANDLER, 01289816, Infantry, Headquarters, 55th Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division, United States Army. For gallantry in action in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in vicinity of BOEUR, BELGIUM, from 20 January 1945 to 21 January 1945. During this period Major SANDLER, as S-3 of the Battalion, was detailed to lead a patrol of 30 men in adverse weather conditions through heavy snow drifts, thick minefields, over unfamiliar and difficult terrain where enemy resistance had been strong for the three preceding days. Major SANDLER, by his personal courage, remarkable leadership, deep devotion to duty and without regard to personal danger or comfort, quickly covered a distance of 6 miles, rescued a wounded American prisoner captured 10 German prisoners and occupied the town of BOEUR during darkness. The action was instrumental in permitting the remainder of the Battalion to advance without casualties. His actions and leadership reflects great credit on himself and the military service of the United States. Major SANDLER entered the military service from New York.

By command of Brigadier General KILBURN