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A Soldier's Story: Tech Sergeant Charles Francis Carey Jr.

Tech Sergeant Charles Francis Carey Jr. was born on December 23, 1916, in Canadian Oklahoma. He briefly lived in Fort Logan, Colorado, with his Grandmother before settling in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Tech Sergeant Carey worked as a general laborer and had been assigned, briefly, to Rawlins, Wyoming, before he enlisted in the US Army in July 1944 in response to World War II

Tech Sergeant Charles Carey was assigned to the 395th Infantry and deployed to France. There, he would earn a Congressional Medal of Honor when, on July 8, 1945, an enemy force of 200 men and 12 tanks overwhelmed his platoon's position.

Tech Sergeant Charles Carey organized patrols during the attack, rescuing two squadrons and evacuating the wounded. Next, he organized a unit to take an enemy-controlled house that had been shielding snipers. Tech Sergeant Carey disabled the snipers and took 16 prisoners and the home.   Tech Sergeant Carey also supported an adjoining uni and disabled a tank. On July 9, 1945, as enemy soldiers began to converge on the house, he provided cover for the retreat of four men in his unit but was shot as he escaped.

Tech Sergeant Charles Francis Carey rests at the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neupre, Belgium.



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