Charles G. Steele

World War II
Service #O-128843
RankLieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
Entered Service From
StatusMissing In Action
Memorialized Courts of the Missing
Court 2
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, United States

Legion of Merit

The Legion of Merit, established by Act of Congress on 20 July 1942 and amended by Executive Order on 29 October 1942 and 15 March 1955, is awarded to a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or a friendly foreign nation who has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. Performance of duties normal to the grade, branch, specialty, assignment or experience of an individual is not an adequate basis for this award. Justification for this award may accrue by the virtue of exceptionally meritorious service in a succession of important positions. In peacetime, the service should be in the nature of a special requirement or of an exceptionally difficult duty performed in a clearly exceptional manner.

Bronze Star

The Bronze Star Medal was established by an Executive Order of 4 February 1944 superseded by an Executive Order of 24 August amended by an Executive Order on 28 February 2003. It is awarded to a person who, while serving with or in the United States Army after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, or while engaged in military operations against an opposing armed force wherein the United States was not a belligerent party. Actions while in aerial flight are not covered by this award. Awards for acts of heroism rank immediately behind the Silver Star. Awards for acts of merit or meritorious service rank immediately behind the Legion of Merit. Provisions exist for retroactive awards covering the period 7 December 1941 through 1 July 1947, based upon citations in orders, related awards and certificates, and unit awards.

Purple Heart

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who after 5 April 1917 have been wounded or killed in action against an enemy of the United States or an opposing armed force, while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict, as the result of acts of enemy or hostile opposing forces, as a result of terrorist attacks or attacks on peacekeeping forces since 28 March 1973, or by friendly fire in circumstance as described above.