A Hero to Remember: Francis Currey, one of three remaining WWII Medal of Honor recipients, dies at 94

The above video is from 2013.

Rest in Peace, brave soldier.

From Fox News: Francis Currey, one of the three living World War II Medal of Honor recipients and whose likeness was used to create Medal of Honor G.I. Joe in 1998, died on Tuesday. He was 94.

Currey, a native of Selkirk, New York, joined the U.S. Army when he was just 17. He was in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 as an automatic rifleman with the 3rd Platoon.

On Dec. 21, 1944, as German tanks approached Currey and his company while they were guarding a bridge crossing, Currey found a bazooka in a nearby factory. He crossed the street to secure rockets during an intense fight from enemy tanks and infantrymen. With the help of a companion, Currey knocked out a tank with one shot.

Moving to another position, Currey killed or wounded three German soldiers standing in the doorway of an enemy-held house. He emerged from cover and alone advanced to within 50 yards of the house. He ended up rescuing five Americas who were trapped and taking fire inside a building.

According to his biography on the Congressional Medal of Honor website, “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.”

Currey received the Medal of Honor near Reims, France, on July 27, 1945, when he was 20 years old.

After being discharged from the Army in 1946, he served as a counselor in the Veterans Administration. He also owned a landscaping business.

He is survived by his widow and children.

The other two living World War II Medal of Honor recipients still alive are Charles Coolidge in Tennessee and Hershel “Woody” Williams.


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Dr. Eowyn
11 months ago

Thank you, Sgt. Currey, for your heroism, courage, and service.

I wonder if America will ever see your likes again. 🙁

11 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

I wonder if America will ever see your likes again.

I’m guessing no.

11 months ago
Reply to  Dave

David Bellavia comes close. He is a good man anf Medal of Honor Recipient

11 months ago

May You rest peacefully in the arms of God. Thank YOU, Sergeant Frances Currey, I owe You being free.

11 months ago

Heaven is richer by one hero. Godspeed Francis Currey.

Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
11 months ago

A man to make any family proud.