Carey, Charles F, Jr., T/Sgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 397th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1941 - 1945

Technical Sergeant


One Service Stripe



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1915
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Canadian
Last Address
Rimling, France

Casualty Date
Jan 09, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Belgium
Conflict
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
C-29-12

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenCongressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of HonorThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1945, World War II Fallen
  1945, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1945, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
397th Infantry Regiment
  1944-1945, 397th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born in Canadian, Oklahoma, entered the service at Cheyenne, Wyoming and served as a Technical Sergeant in the 379th Infantry, 100th Infantry Division, United States Army. 


   
Comments/Citation

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The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
to

*CAREY, CHARLES F., JR.

Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, 397th Infantry, 100th Infantry Division. Place and date: Rimling, France, 8-9 January 1945. Entered service at: Cheyenne, Wyo. Birth: Canadian, Okla. G.O. No.: 53, July 1945.

Citation
He was in command of an antitank platoon when about 200 enemy infantrymen and 12 tanks attacked his battalion, overrunning part of its position. After losing his guns, T/Sgt. Carey, acting entirely on his own initiative, organized a patrol and rescued 2 of his squads from a threatened sector, evacuating those who had been wounded. He organized a second patrol and advanced against an enemy-held house from which vicious fire issued, preventing the free movement of our troops. Covered by fire from his patrol, he approached the house, killed 2 snipers with his rifle, and threw a grenade in the door. He entered alone and a few minutes later emerged with 16 prisoners. Acting on information he furnished, the American forces were able to capture an additional 41 Germans in adjacent houses. He assembled another patrol, and, under covering fire, moved to within a few yards of an enemy tank and damaged it with a rocket. As the crew attempted to leave their burning vehicle, he calmly shot them with his rifle, killing 3 and wounding a fourth. Early in the morning of 9 January, German infantry moved into the western part of the town and encircled a house in which T/Sgt. Carey had previously posted a squad. Four of the group escaped to the attic. By maneuvering an old staircase against the building, T/Sgt. Carey was able to rescue these men. Later that day, when attempting to reach an outpost, he was struck down by sniper fire. The fearless and aggressive leadership of T/Sgt. Carey, his courage in the face of heavy fire from superior enemy forces, provided an inspiring example for his comrades and materially helped his battalion to withstand the German onslaught.

   
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