Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Honored Allies Wednesday: Charles F. Hoey (Canada)

 
 
"In Burma, on the 16th February, 1944, Major Hoey's Company formed part of a force which was ordered to capture a position at all costs.  After a night march through enemy held territory the force was met at the foot of the position by heavy machine-gun fire.  Major Hoey personally led his Company under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire right up to the objective.  Although wounded at least twice in the leg and head he seized a Bren gun from one of his men and firing from the hip, led his Company onto the objective.  In spite of his wounds the Company had difficulty in keeping up with him, and Major Hoey reached the enemy strong post first where he killed all the occupants before being mortally wounded.  Major Hoey's outstanding gallantry and leadership, his total disregard of personal safety and his grim determination to reach the objective resulted in the capture of this vital position.

From Maj. Hoey's Victoria Cross citation, awarded on 18 May 1944.
 
May you be at peace,
Brian
 

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