Technical Sergeant

Charles F. Carey

Army
Inducted 2014


Medal of Honor Recipient

Medal of Honor Recipient

Charles F. Carey

Technical Sergeant Charles F. Carey, Jr., U.S. Army, was born 23 December 1915 in Canadian, Oklahoma. During World War II he enlisted into the U.S. Army at Cheyenne, Wyoming and by January 1945 was serving as a Technical Sergeant in the 397th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division at Rimling, France.

On 9 January 1945 TSgt Carey was in command of an anti-tank platoon when about 200 German infantrymen, re-enforced with tanks, attacked his battalion overrunning part of its position. After losing his guns, acting on his own initiative, he organized a patrol which rescued two of his squads from a highly threatened sector of the battalion perimeter, and evacuated those soldiers that had been wounded. During the action he was killed by an enemy sniper bullet.

For his initiative and action on 9 January 1945, TSgt Carey was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. His awards and decorations also include two Bronze Star Medals and the Purple Heart.