Rest in Peace Francis Currey, World War II Medal of Honor Recipient – October 8, 2019

Sgt. Currey was one of the last three remaining World War II Medal of Honor recipients. He has two Find-A-Grave memorials – https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/203707203/francis-sherman-currey and https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/203719202/francis-sherman-currey, but I believe they will be merged in the near future. The two last living World War II Medal of Honor recipients are Charles Coolidge, 98, and Hershel Williams, 96.

I saw this story last night, or maybe the wee hours of this morning: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Last-New-York-World-War-II-Medal-of-Honor-14504329.php.

There are some YouTube videos about Sgt. Currey – for example, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRXNpeHyTDY.

The Citation:

Citation: He was an automatic rifleman with the 3d Platoon defending a strong point near Malmedy, Belgium, on 21 December 1944, when the enemy launched a powerful attack. Overrunning tank destroyers and antitank guns located near the strong point, German tanks advanced to the 3d Platoon’s position, and, after prolonged fighting, forced the withdrawal of this group to a nearby factory. Sergeant. Currey found a bazooka in the building and crossed the street to secure rockets meanwhile enduring intense fire from enemy tanks and hostile infantrymen who had taken up a position at a house a short distance away. In the face of small-arms, machinegun, and artillery fire, he, with a companion, knocked out a tank with 1 shot. Moving to another position, he observed 3 Germans in the doorway of an enemy-held house. He killed or wounded all 3 with his automatic rifle. He emerged from cover and advanced alone to within 50 yards of the house, intent on wrecking it with rockets. Covered by friendly fire, he stood erect, and fired a shot which knocked down half of 1 wall. While in this forward position, he observed 5 Americans who had been pinned down for hours by fire from the house and 3 tanks. Realizing that they could not escape until the enemy tank and infantry guns had been silenced, Sergeant. Currey crossed the street to a vehicle, where he procured an armful of antitank grenades. These he launched while under heavy enemy fire, driving the tankmen from the vehicles into the house. He then climbed onto a half-track in full view of the Germans and fired a machinegun at the house. Once again changing his position, he manned another machinegun whose crew had been killed; under his covering fire the 5 soldiers were able to retire to safety. Deprived of tanks and with heavy infantry casualties, the enemy was forced to withdraw. Through his extensive knowledge of weapons and by his heroic and repeated braving of murderous enemy fire, Sergeant. Currey was greatly responsible for inflicting heavy losses in men and material on the enemy, for rescuing 5 comrades, 2 of whom were wounded, and for stemming an attack which threatened to flank his battalion’s position.

Here’s the Wikipedia article on Sgt. Currey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_S._Currey. According to Wikipedia link above, G. I. Joe’s first Medal of Honor series was modeled after Sgt. Curreyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_G.I._Joe_action_figures_modeled_after_real_persons.

Some other links:

https://history.army.mil/books/wwii/7-8/7-8_15.HTM (roughly 2/3 ways down, at least on my laptop)

http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/2698/currey-francis-s.php

https://themedalofhonor.com/medal-of-honor-recipients/recipients/currey-francis-world-war-two

https://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/citations20.html#C (about halfway down on my laptop)

 

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1 Response to Rest in Peace Francis Currey, World War II Medal of Honor Recipient – October 8, 2019

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Salute to a hero

    Liked by 1 person

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