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Alvin P. Carey
Birth: Aug. 16, 1916
Lycippus
Westmoreland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 23, 1944, France

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. (bio by: Don Morfe) 
 
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 Parents:
  Philip Fisher Carey (1890 - 1919)
  Olive G. Cramer Carey (1896 - 1992)
 
 Sibling:
  Harriet L. Carey (1916 - 1920)*
  Alvin P. Carey (1916 - 1944)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Ligonier Valley Cemetery
Ligonier
Westmoreland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section K, Lot 24
 
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Originally Created by: Don Morfe
Record added: Mar 07, 2003
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Alvin P. Carey
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