||Torpedoman's Mate, Second Class
||385 94 01
||November 20, 1923
||Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Prisoner of
||USS Sculpin (SS-191)
||November 19, 1943
||North of Oroluk Island near Truk
by Japanese destroyer
||Charles was born in Ontario, Oregon.
He survived the sinking of his boat, but was killed
while being transported aboard Chuyo from Truk
to Japan when it was sunk by USS Sailfish on
December 4, 1943.
that most sources mistakenly spell the island's name "Groluk."
Following is Charles' Bronze Star
The President of the United States takes pride in
presenting the BRONZE STAR MEDAL posthumously to
CHARLES EARL PITSER
TORPEDOMAN SECOND CLASS
UNITED STATES NAVY
for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
"For meritorious service as a member of the Crew of the
U.S.S. Sculpin during the Ninth War Patrol of that vessel in the Truk
November 19, 1943. After his ship had been severely damaged and forced to the surface during a terrific enemy depth charge attack, PITSER instantly manned his gun despite the overwhelming fury of the enemy's five-inch gun barrage and continued his persistent fire until the SCULPIN succumbed to the Japanese superior firepower. By his indomitable fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty, PITSER upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
For the President,
/s/ James Forestal
Secretary of the Navy
Photo and information courtesy of William Brown. Additional
information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.
Pre-WWII Post-WWII Sources
Pitser, Charles Earl