Distinguished Service Cross : 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 Corporal Charles S. Easton (MCSN: 364140), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company O, FOURTH Marine Raider Battalion, in the early part of the engagement at Bairoko Harbor, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on 20 July 1943. Repeatedly leading his squad in charges against well-established enemy positions, Corporal Easton was credited with wiping out three machine-gun nests that blocked the advance of his company. Even when he was wounded, he refused to leave the fight and directed the fire of his squad until he collapsed. Corporal Easton died of the wounds he received in the attack where he had displayed the highest type of courage and devotion to duty. The outstanding heroism and skill displayed by Corporal Easton on this occasion reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. He gallantly gave his life for his country.