“It is men like Red, who have selflessly served for our country, embodying the very valor, commitment and dedication this nation stands for – to whom we owe our deepest appreciation,” said Rep. Smith. “Only a few remain from the World War II generation. Taking the time to recognize Red for his selfless service is a rare privilege for myself and the rest of the General Assembly.”
Whittington was one of the first soldiers to report when the 95th Infantry Division was activated in July 1942 at Camp Swift, Texas. The Division was later sent to England in July 1944, Whittington was ranked as a staff sergeant. The Division entered combat in October 1944 as part of General Patton’s Third Army. Before he was wounded in a small French town, Boulay, Whittington was promoted to Tech Sargent. He had successfully participated in the fierce battles for Chateau Brieux, Mazieres-les-Metz and downtown Metz, in which nearly half of his unit lost their lives.
For his wartime service, Charles B. Whittington was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Purple Heart and the European Theater of Operations campaign ribbon with two Battle Stars.
“I extend my deepest gratitude for Charles B. Whittington’s service to our country,” said Rep. Smith. “The insurmountable tribulations he has faced to protect our freedoms is that which deserves our greatest respect and appreciation.”