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First Name: Charles

Last Name: Carey

Birthplace: Canadian, OK, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Cheyenne, WY
Middle Name: F.

Date of Birth:

Date of Death: 09 January 1945

Rank: Technical Sergeant

Years Served:
Charles F. Carey, Jr.

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Charles F. Carey, Jr.
Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
World War II

Technical Sergeant Charles F. Carey, Jr. (died 9 January 1945) was a U.S. Army soldier who was posthumously awarded the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in World War II.

Charles F. Carey, Jr. was born in Canadian, OK, (date of birth unknown) and joined the Army from Cheyenne, WY. On 8 January 1945, he was serving as a Technical Sergeant in the 397th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division. During a German attack on that day and the following day in Rimling, France, he organized and led a series of patrols against the enemy forces. With his patrols, he rescued American soldiers who had been attacked or surrounded, captured a house and sixteen prisoners, and disabled an enemy tank. He was killed by a sniper later in the day on 9 January. For these actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, 397th Infantry, 100th Infantry Division.

Place and date: Rimling, France, 8-9 January 1945.

Citation: 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 9 January, 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.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Bronze Star Medal (2)
Purple Heart

Death and Burial

Technical Sergeant Charles F. Carey, Jr. was killed in action on 9 January 1945. He is buried at the Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial in Neuville-en-Condroz, Liege, Belgium, in Plot C-29-12.

Honoree ID: 1322   Created by: MHOH




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