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Portsmouth, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Portsmouth Naval Hospital

“Charette Health Care Center 1999”

 

—Fort Nelson Park • Path of History • Portsmouth, VA —

 
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By Bernard Fisher, May 30, 2015
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Inscription. The Charette Health Care Center was dedicated in April 1999 and it is the third naval hospital built in Portsmouth. The 1 million square foot, five story, state-of-the-art hospital contains 17 operating rooms, 300 exam rooms, 120 beds, 140 special treatment rooms and 26 elevators. All major surgery can be conducted here. The center is named for Master Chief Corpsman William R. Charette who served with the 1st Marine Division during the Korean Conflict. Charette came under hostile fire while helping the wounded. In spite of his own wounds, he continued to treat the injured marines. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his gallantry.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 36° 50.518′ N, 76° 18.327′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Effingham Street and Williamson Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located in Fort Nelson Park which is just outside the main gate of the Hospital. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (a few steps from this marker); a different marker
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By Don Morfe, July 17, 2010
2. Portsmouth Naval Hospital Marker
also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Regarding Portsmouth Naval Hospital. The Hospital's name sake, William R.Charette died on March 18, 2012. He is buried in Florida National Cemetery, Section 104, Site 173. His Medal of Honor Citation:
CHARETTE, WILLIAM
Rank and organization: Hospital Corpsman Third Class, U.S. Navy Medical Corpsman serving with a marine rifle
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By Don Morfe, July 17, 2010
3. Portsmouth Naval Hospital Marker
company.
Place and date: Korea, 27 March 1953.
Entered service at: Ludington, Michigan.
Birth: Ludington, Mich.
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against enemy aggressor forces during the early morning hours. Participating in a fierce encounter with a cleverly concealed and well-entrenched enemy force occupying positions on a vital and bitterly contested outpost far in advance of the main line of resistance, HC3c. Charette repeatedly and unhesitatingly moved about through a murderous barrage of hostile small-arms and mortar fire to render assistance to his wounded comrades. When an enemy grenade landed within a few feet of a marine he was attending, he immediately threw himself upon the stricken man and absorbed the entire concussion of the deadly missile with his body. Although sustaining painful facial wounds, and undergoing shock from the intensity of the blast which ripped the helmet and medical aid kit from his person, HC3c. Charette resourcefully improvised emergency bandages by tearing off part of his clothing, and gallantly continued to administer medical aid to the wounded in his own unit and to those in adjacent platoon areas as well. Observing a seriously wounded comrade whose armored vest had been torn from his body by the blast from an exploding shell, he selflessly
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By Bernard Fisher, May 30, 2015
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removed his own battle vest and placed it upon the helpless man although fully aware of the added jeopardy to himself. Moving to the side of another casualty who was suffering excruciating pain from a serious leg wound, HC3c. Charette stood upright in the trench line and exposed himself to a deadly hail of enemy fire in order to lend more effective aid to the victim and to alleviate his anguish while being removed to a position of safety. By his indomitable courage and inspiring efforts in behalf of his wounded comrades, HC3c. Charette was directly responsible for saving many lives. His great personal valor reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
 
Categories. Science & MedicineWar, Korean
 
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By Don Morfe, July 17, 2010
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By Don Morfe, July 17, 2010
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By Don Morfe, July 17, 2010
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