Monday, January 12, 2015

Medal of Honor Monday: Charles F. Carey, Jr.

"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 January 9, 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."

From T/Sgt. Carey's Medal of Honor citation, awarded in July 1945.
Thank you for your service and may you be at peace,

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