Carey, Alvin P., S/Sgt

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 745, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1941 - 1944

Staff Sergeant



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lycippus, Pennsylvania
Last Address
Brittany, France

Casualty Date
Aug 23, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
France
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Ligonier Valley Cemetery - Ligonier, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section K, Lot 24

 Official Badges 

2nd Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyWorld War II FallenMedal of Honor
  1944, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  2015, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2015, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment
  1943-1944, 745, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the 38th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery for action on August 23, 1944 near Plougastel, Brittany, France. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, on 23 August 1944. S/Sgt. Carey, leader of a machinegun section, was advancing with his company in the attack on the strongly held enemy hill 154, near Plougastel, Brittany, France. The advance was held up when the attacking units were pinned down by intense enemy machinegun fire from a pillbox 200 yards up the hill. From his position covering the right flank, S/Sgt. Carey displaced his guns to an advanced position and then, upon his own initiative, armed himself with as many hand grenades as he could carry and without regard for his personal safety started alone up the hill toward the pillbox. Crawling forward under its withering fire, he proceeded 150 yards when he met a German rifleman whom he killed with his carbine. Continuing his steady forward movement until he reached grenade-throwing distance, he hurled his grenades at the pillbox opening in the face of intense enemy fire which wounded him mortally. Undaunted, he gathered his strength and continued his grenade attack until one entered and exploded within the pillbox, killing the occupants and putting their guns out of action. Inspired by S/Sgt. Carey's heroic act, the riflemen quickly occupied the position and overpowered the remaining enemy resistance in the vicinity." His Medal was posthumously awarded to him on May 11, 1945.

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