||Gunner's Mate, Third Class
||234 18 97
||February 11, 1919
||Rochester, New York
||Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart
||USS Canopus (AS-9)
|Date of Death
||February 8, 1942
||Mariveles Bay, Philippine Islands
||Killed at his machine gun by Japanese
Charles was born in Edmond, Oklahoma. Some sources
list him as a Gunner's Mate, Second Class.
The President of the United States of America,
authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride
in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross
(Posthumously) to Gunner's Mate
Third Class Charles
Herman Kramb, Jr. (NSN: 2341897), United States Navy,
for extraordinary heroism in connection with military
operations against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Quinauan Point, Bataan, Philippine Islands, on 8
February 1942. When it became necessary to coordinate an
attack from seaward with the operations of ground forces
in breaking the resistance of a defiladed and strongly
held enemy position, Gunner's Mate Kramb served as a
gunner on one of the armored boats of the expedition.
During the entire operation this intrepid blue jacket
maintained accurate and
voluminous fire from his exposed
post in the bow of his boat despite heavy enemy fire
from the beach and several hostile dive bombing attacks.
On the return trip, after completion of the mission,
Gunner's Mate Kramb took a machine gun position in an
open part of the boat where he ignored considerations of
personal safety in firing at dive bombers as they came
in to attack, thereby driving off two such attacks. On a
third dive bombing attempt, however, three bombs fell
alongside his boat causing his death, but not before he
had contributed in a large measure to the success of the
Information courtesy of David Wright.
Pre-WWII Post-WWII Sources
Kramb, Charles Herman, Jr.