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Master Sergeant Charles E. Hosking, Jr. Memorial

Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

 

— May 12, 1924-March 21, 1967 —

 
Master Sergeant Charles E. Hosking, Jr. Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 26, 2008
1. Master Sergeant Charles E. Hosking, Jr. Memorial Marker
Inscription.  United States Army-Detachment A-302, Company A, 5th Special Forces Group, Airborne, 1st Special Forces-United States Congressional Medal of Honor. The United States Congressional Medal of Honor was awarded to Master Sergeant Charles E. Hosking, Jr. posthumously, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. On March 21, 1967, in the Phouoc Long Province, Republic of Vietnam, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, Sergeant Hosking wrestled a Viet Cong sniper with a fully armed hand grenade to the ground. The grenade blast killed both Sergeant Hosking and the sniper instantly. Sergeant Hosking saved the lives of 4 members of the Company Command Group who were standing a few feet away. Sergeant Hosking’s ultimate sacrifice was in the highest tradition of the United States Army and reflects great credit and honor upon himself, and the Armed Forces of his country.
 
Erected 2000 by The Ramsey Policeman's Benevolent Association.
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, Vietnam
Master Sergeant Charles E. Hosking, Jr. Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 26, 2008
2. Master Sergeant Charles E. Hosking, Jr. Memorial Marker
. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list.
 
Location. 41° 3.492′ N, 74° 8.034′ W. Marker is in Ramsey, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Memorial is on East Main Street. The marker is located in Veterans Park, Ramsey NJ. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ramsey NJ 07446, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Stone House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Van Houten-Yeomans Homestead (approx. 1.8 miles away); David Van Gelder House (approx. 1.9 miles away); Allendale Veterans Monument (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Valentine Homestead (approx. 2.1 miles away); Hopper-Goetschius House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Slave Cemetery (approx. 2.4 miles away); Old Lutheran Cemetery (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ramsey.
 
Regarding Master Sergeant Charles E. Hosking, Jr. Memorial. MEDAL OF HONOR CITATON:
Rank and organization: Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Place and date: Phuoc Long Province, Republic of Vietnam, 21 March 1967. Entered service at: Fort Dix, N.J. Born: 12 May 1924, Ramsey, N.J. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the
Master Sergeant Charles E. Hosking, Jr. Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 26, 2008
3. Master Sergeant Charles E. Hosking, Jr. Memorial Marker
Charles E. Hosking Jr. is buried in Valleau Cemetery,Lot 1091, Ridgewood, NJ. His grave GPS coordinates are N40.9887 W74.0985
call of duty. M/Sgt. Hosking (then Sfc.), Detachment A-302, Company A, greatly distinguished himself while serving as company advisor in the III Corps Civilian Irregular Defense Group Reaction Battalion during combat operations in Don Luan District. A Viet Cong suspect was apprehended and subsequently identified as a Viet Cong sniper. While M/Sgt. Hosking was preparing the enemy for movement back to the base camp, the prisoner suddenly grabbed a hand grenade from M/Sgt. Hosking's belt, armed the grenade, and started running towards the company command group which consisted of 2 Americans and 2 Vietnamese who were standing a few feet away. Instantly realizing that the enemy intended to kill the other men, M/Sgt. Hosking immediately leaped upon the Viet Cong's back. With utter disregard for his personal safety, he grasped the Viet Cong in a "Bear Hug" forcing the grenade against the enemy soldier's chest. He then wrestled the Viet Cong to the ground and covered the enemy's body with his body until the grenade detonated. The blast instantly killed both M/Sgt. Hosking and the Viet Cong. By absorbing the full force of the exploding grenade with his body and that of the enemy, he saved the other members of his command group from death or serious injury. M/Sgt. Hosking's risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest tradition of the U.S. Army and reflect great
Master Sergeant Charles E. Hosking, Jr. Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 26, 2008
4. Master Sergeant Charles E. Hosking, Jr. Memorial Marker
Private marker that does not mention the MOH award.
credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.
 
Master Sergeant Charles E. Hosking, Jr. Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 26, 2008
5. Master Sergeant Charles E. Hosking, Jr. Memorial Marker
Photo showing both the private marker and the VA marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 689 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 21, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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