RUSH, Jr., CHARLES GLYNN
RUSH, Jr., CHARLES GLYNN
Rank / Branch:
GSGT E-7, USMC
FIRST MARINE DIVISIO
Date of Birth:
HOSTILE, MULTIPLE FR
Awards & Decorations:
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CHARLES GLYNN RUSH, JR, GUNNERY SERGEANT, U.S. MARINE CORP, MIDLAND, MIDLAND COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Parachute Wings, Medical Badge, Bronze Star w/V and Gold Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal-Three Awards, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaignm Medal, Gallantry Cross w/Palm.
Born September 14, 1936, Gunny Rush was born in Jackson, Mississippi when he father was working for the railroad, He had a brother and a sister. The family then moved to Jackson, Tennessee, where he attended school and graduated from high school. He enjoyed playing football, fishing and golf. He married his high school sweetheart, Emilie Copher. He was the father of a daughter and a son.
He joined the Marine Corps in 1954 with the intention of making it his career. He rose to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and had been in the Marine Corp 14 years prior to his death in Vietnam on April 21,1969. During career in the Marine Corpe, he had served in Portsmuth/Northfolk Virginia; Camp Pendleton, California; Cherry Point, North Carolina; Camp Plejuene, North Carolina; and completed serveral Mediterrean Cruises. He had served as a drill instructor at Parris Island, South Carolina for four years before his Vietnam tour.
Senior Drill Instructor, Parris Island, South Carolina
He began his tour of Vietnam on August 12, 1968 and was assigned as a platoon sergeant for D Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regimen, 1st Marine Division. On March 19, 1969, he was in the field with his troops when a landmine was spotted by a marine. Sgt Rush disarmed it and in the process of moving back toward his troops, he stepped on a booby trapped "tomato" can. It exploded and he was was seriously injured receiving mulitple fragmenation wounds throughout his body and to his leg. He was medevaced to a hospital ship. He underwent several surgeries to include pinning his leg and several exploratory surgeries to remove shrapnel and debris from his internal organs. His daughter stated every time he would be going into surgery, he would call home. On April 21, 1969, he was scheduled to be moved to the Great Lakes Naval Base Hospital, near Chicago, when he died of his wounds.
In Vietnam, Enjoying Pipe
He was buried with full military honors in the Higland Memorial Cemetry in North Jackson, Tennessee. He was surivived by his wife, his daughter Teresa and his son, Chip and his parents, then of Jackson, Tennessee. His daughter stated, "Daddy loved to fish, he bought us matching tackel boxes/poles. He also liked to hunt, he enjoyed cooking and having a BBQ for his friends, he was a good cook. He loved the ocean/beach and he was a very proud and loving man who loved his family and his beloved Marine Corp."
Highland Memorial Garden's Cemetery, North Jackson, Tennesse
After Charles, death, his parents moved to Midland, Texas to live near relatives and they were active in the development of the Permian Basin Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.