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“It begins with a young company commander who doesn't know a damn thing about combat, but he learns. He has to learn.” 

– Capt. Charles B. MacDonald


Charles P. MacDonald was born in Little Rock, S.C.and graduated from PC in 1942.  He immediately entered the service and at the age of 21 took command of a company of hardened combat infantrymen in Normandy in September 1944. He served as the captain of the company during the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded both a Silver Star and a Purple Heart. He used his personal experiences to write his first book, Company Commander, an acclaimed first-hand account of the fighting.   After the war, he joined the staff of the U.S. Army Center of Military History, and remained there until his retirement in 1980.  He wrote several other books, including A Time for Trumpets, Battle of Huertgen Forest, The Mighty Endeavor, and On a Field of Red.  He died in 1990.

> Read MacDonald's citation for the Silver Star

 
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