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 Charles F. Carey, Jr

Charles F. Carey, Jr

Birth
Canadian, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 9 Jan 1945 (aged 29)
Rimling, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France
Burial Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Plot C-29-12
Memorial ID 8291279 · View Source
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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. On January 8, 1945, at Rimling, France, he was in command of an antitank platoon when about 200 enemy infantrymen and 12 tanks attacked his battalion. Acting entirely on his own, he organized a patrol, rescued 2 of his squads from a threatened sector and evacuated the wounded. He organized a second patrol and advanced against an enemy held house from which he killed 2 snipers. Then he entered alone and a few minutes later emerged with 16 prisoners. With the information he furnished, American forces were able to capture an additional 41 Germans in adjacent houses. He assembled another patrol, 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 January 9, German infantry moved into the western part of the town and encircled a house in which he had posted a squad. Four of the group managed to escape, by maneuvering up a staircase against the building, he was able to rescue the remaining men. Later that day, when attempting to reach an outpost, he was struck and killed by sniper fire. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in July 1945.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 18 Jan 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8291279
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles F. Carey, Jr (23 Dec 1915–9 Jan 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8291279, citing Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium ; Maintained by Find A Grave .