RIP Francis Currey, MOH Battle of the Bulge

 
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RIP Francis Currey, MOH Battle of the Bulge

Sad news out of Selkirk, New York:

Francis S. Currey, one of the last few living World War II veterans who received the Medal of Honor, died Tuesday morning at 94.

His death was announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday, Oct. 8 by the Delmar-based Nathaniel Adams Blanchard Post 1040 of the American Legion, which he had been involved in. The exact time, nature and location of his death have yet to be confirmed. 

Currey, of Selkirk, was originally born in Loch Sheldrake, New York on June 29, 1925 and joined the U.S. Army when he was 17 where he eventually became a technical sergeant. According to the Digital Collections of the National WWII Museum, on Dec. 21, 1944, Currey risked his life when German infantrymen shot at his direction in Malmedy, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. He countered with a bazooka and anti-tank grenades, and rescued five fellow American soldiers who were trapped by German tank rounds. He was just 19 at the time.

He was a 75 year member of The American Legion, New York Post 1040. 

His MOH citation from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society:

He was an automatic rifleman with the 3rd Platoon defending a strong point near Malmedy, Belgium, on 21 December 1944, when the enemy launched a powerful attack. Overrunning tank destroyers and antitank guns located near the strong point, German tanks advanced to the 3rd Platoon's position, and, after prolonged fighting, forced the withdrawal of this group to a nearby factory. Sgt. Currey found a bazooka in the building and crossed the street to secure rockets meanwhile enduring intense fire from enemy tanks and hostile infantrymen who had taken up a position at a house a short distance away. In the face of small-arms, machinegun, and artillery fire, he, with a companion, knocked out a tank with 1 shot. Moving to another position, he observed 3 Germans in the doorway of an enemy-held house. He killed or wounded all 3 with his automatic rifle. He emerged from cover and advanced alone to within 50 yards of the house, intent on wrecking it with rockets. Covered by friendly fire, he stood erect, and fired a shot which knocked down half of 1 wall. While in this forward position, he observed 5 Americans who had been pinned down for hours by fire from the house and 3 tanks. Realizing that they could not escape until the enemy tank and infantry guns had been silenced, Sgt. Currey crossed the street to a vehicle, where he procured an armful of antitank grenades. These he launched while under heavy enemy fire, driving the tankmen from the vehicles into the house. He then climbed onto a half-track in full view of the Germans and fired a machinegun at the house. Once again changing his position, he manned another machine gun whose crew had been killed; under his covering fire the 5 soldiers were able to retire to safety. Deprived of tanks and with heavy infantry casualties, the enemy was forced to withdraw. Through his extensive knowledge of weapons and by his heroic and repeated braving of murderous enemy fire, Sgt. Currey was greatly responsible for inflicting heavy losses in men and material on the enemy, for rescuing 5 comrades, 2 of whom were wounded, and for stemming an attack which threatened to flank his battalion's position.

From Wiki:

Currey worked as a counselor at the VA Medical Center in Albany, New York from 1950 until he retired as a supervisor, in 1980. After he retired from the VA, he started and ran a landscaping business. He also worked at a hotel booking conventions in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, until 2002.

Video from the Medal of Honor Book:

RIP Sir. 

Salute.

We are left with two medal of honor recipients frm World War II: Charles Coolidge and Woody Williams.

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God blessed the USA and me as your surgeon.
Rest in the Peace of Heaven.
Carl Wirth, MD

Sir, Thank you for sacrifice, devotion to duty and Service. Fair Winds and Following Seas

On behalf of my father who served in WWII and myself, I salute you.

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN. REST IN PEACH.

R.I.P. Sir. Thank you and your family for the sacrifice you made for our country.God bless your family during this tough period of loss. God will comfort you and your family in his loving arms. God Bless.

The crop of snowflakes walking the streets of today can't hold a candle to these men and heros of this terrible war or any other war for that matter that America has fought in. They have no clue as to the dynamics of war, courage or character.

Thank you for your service in WW II as well as all you did for our country since then .
You are a true hero and inspiration to all of us in this country who appreciate
the freedoms and comforts you have helped provide us with your exemplary
service . We all owe you our gratitude and you will never be forgotten .

Doc Wirth probably still works at the VA in Albany. Good man.

Truly the Greatest Generation!

Never enough words or praise for these men and women. We won’t forget your deeds Currey. Thank you eternal.

Thank you from me, my sons and my grandchildren. My you Rest In Peace

All of our lives were better because if the courage of you and all your comrades in arms in WWII. Thank you and rest in peace

Francis and all or our servicemen deserve our gratitude. Rest in Comfort in His arms forever.

I salute you sir, and thank you. R.I.P.

May you rest in peace heroes like this are going away way too rapidly

The bravery and courage displayed under extreme war conditions, sacrificing so much to save fellow soldiers' lives are unimaginable and extraordinary. May God's blessings be with his family.

God Bless you and your Loved ones. RIP Soldier. You will be missed by all that understand what a Hero you were and are.

As a US Air Force Veteran, my heart goes out to your sole Francis, but most of all, my sincere appreciation for what you mean to me and all you are reading this tribute. Thank you from America for your sacrifices and struggles in life!

You were and always be a true hero and patriot to all of America and it's people.

May God have you resting in peace Francis,

John A. Smaldone
US Air Force Veteran

Thank you for your service. May you Rest In Peace.

The World will miss a great man and devoted servicemen.

As a generation who went to war, without concern for their well being, but to protect the life we cherish in this country. Without the courage that WWII solders gave to finish a war that was horrific in many ways, our way of life would cease to exist. To the brave man (Francis Curry) who risked his life to save others will never be forgotten by the men or their families whom he saved or fellow Brothers in Arms. God will always watch over those who are willing to go the extra mile to do what is right.
We salute you my brother, and may god grant you and your family peace every day and eternally.
God Bless

What does the "Burn Pit" logo have yto do with this distinguished American hero? Not in good taste.

the government may forget you and your brave acts but we, veterans, will never forget the acts of bravery you showed and the soldiers you saved. we will honor your memory forever

Bless you I hope your biologiical genes are passed on with your family

Bless you I hope your biologiical genes are passed on with your family

Rest in peace my brother. I will guard the gates of freedom for you.

Post # 20 Sterling, Co. Wish I could attend last rights and hear TAPS for one great man.

To a real war Hero . You are now in GODs arms rest in Peace. God Bless. Jimmie R. Wilson,'
USAF @ Vietnam Veteran (1966)

RIP Sir, along with three of my Uncles also soldiers from the Greatest Generation.

Semper Fi Brother RIP

Thank you Francis. As a combat veteran myself I salute you and by God's grace I hope to meet you in person on the other side.

Peace brother.

Thank you for your courage, service and loyalty to your fellow soldiers. Rest well, we remain on watch.

Rest in peace!

rest in peace my father sgt. Donald(moe) Williams was also at the battle of the bulge with the705th tank destroyer battalion company C. he passed away in 1983.

RIP Sgt Francis Curry! Thank You for your service to our country!
You and countless others of "The Greatest Generation" will NOT be Forgotten!
My father, James Simon was also a member of that generation and served in
the US Army in WWII in Europe! He passed away in June 2010!

As Commander of Post 17, Española, NM, The sound of Taps will always remind us- one more "Hero" enters the Post Everlasting where our All Mighty God greets you with open arms. Had an USAAF B-25 gunner in WWII, he continues to live in our hearts, as you will sir- as "our" uncle who came "home". Que DIOS Lo Bendiga !

Army strong! This Desert Storm vet salutes a member of the Greatest Generation! RIP, my brother!

Although from another war, brothers we remain. Until that time.

TSGT Currey was one of the last of the WWII heroes. Thank God for men like him. RIP

In battle, whether be ww1 to what we are involved in now around the world, men stand for their brothers under great danger. The U.S. produces many great heroes, many of them do their job and go unnoticed. I salute you all. We have many heroes that never returned alive, and many that POW/MIA. God bless all of you.
A Viet Nam vet

want to see my butt?

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