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Francis “Frank” Currey, World War II Medal of Honor Recipient, dies at 94

 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 9, 2019

 

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Francis “Frank” Currey, World War II Medal of Honor Recipient, dies at 94

Francis Sherman “Frank” Currey, awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II, died Tuesday, October 8, 2019, in Selkirk, New York, at the age of 94. There are now 70 living recipients of the Medal of Honor.

 

Currey was born in Loch Sheldrake, New York, on June 29, 1925. Orphaned at a young age, he was raised by foster parents until he graduated from high school and joined the U.S. Army in 1943. He was assigned to 3d Platoon, K Company, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, during the Allied advance through northern Europe.

 

His platoon was defending a strong point near Malmedy, Belgium, on December 21, 1944, when the Germans attacked. With his platoon forced to retreat and cornered in a factory, Currey located a bazooka and rockets and initiated a one-man offensive to repel the attack. Covered by friendly fire, but engaged by enemy small-arms, machine-gun, and artillery fire, Currey relocated position five times, often in full view of the enemy. Nonetheless, he used the bazooka and abandoned enemy weapons to disable four of the German tanks and force the enemy to withdraw.

 

Currey received the Medal of Honor near Reims, France, on July 27, 1945, at the age of 20. He was discharged from the Army in 1946 with the rank of Technical Sergeant.

 

Following the Army, Currey served as a counselor in the Veterans Administration and owned a landscaping business. He is survived by his widow and children. Please contact Victoria Kueck for burial information (843.884.8862; medalhq@cmohs.org). *Link to citation: http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/2698/currey-francis-s.php

 

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was chartered by the Congress in 1958 to inspire Americans about the values embodied in the Medal of Honor: courage and sacrifice, commitment and integrity, citizenship and patriotism. Its membership consists exclusively of those individuals who have received the Medal of Honor.

 

More information can be found at http://www.cmohs.org/.