Francis S. Currey, who was one of the last three living recipients of the Second World War, died at the age of 94.
He died Tuesday morning, according to his American legion post. The cause of his death was not disclosed.
Sergeant Currey, from Selkirk, New York, joined the US Army at the age of 17 where he worked as a technical sergeant. Only a year later he became a hero for his courage in the famous Battle of the Ardennes in Belgium.
He received the Medal of Honor – the highest and most prestigious award for courage – for his brave efforts at the Battle of the Ardennes in Malmedy, where on 21 December 1944 he rescued five American soldiers who were trapped in a German-style building tanks. He was only 18 at the time.
Sergeant Francis Currey died on Tuesday morning at the age of 94. He was one of the last three living WWII Medal of Honor recipients
He joined the army at the age of 17 and a year later would be praised as a hero for his courage in World War II in Belgium. Pictured above with his medal of honor on July 27, 1945 in Camp Oklahoma City
Sgt. Currey used these weapons in his attack on German troops in 1944 during the Battle of the Ardennes. Pictured above on July 26, 1945
Currey, an automatic rifle, and his company guarded a bridge at Malmedy when German troops launched an attack and started shooting at a building where American troops were detained.
Currey exposed himself to gunfire and fired a bazooka, an anti-tank missile weapon, at a German tank. He then shot down three Germans.
In the attack, the German troops had their tanks destroyed and heavy infantry victims forced them to retreat.
Then he ran to rescue the troops who were in a building and brought them to safety.
He was a sergeant at Company K, 120th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division, fighting in Belgium in the 3rd pack and was only 18 at the time.
& # 39; Because of his extensive knowledge of weapons and because of his heroic and repeated defiance of murderous enemy fire, Sgt. Currey was largely responsible for inflicting heavy losses on men and equipment on the enemy, for rescuing 5 comrades, 2 of whom were injured, and for triggering an attack that threatened to flank the position of his battalion , & # 39; a description of his courage stated at the congress says Website Medal of Honor Society.
Sgt. According to him, Currey & # 39; s courage helped win the fight that would pave the way for an Allied victory in the war The week.
American Legion Post 1040 announced Tuesday its death on Facebook and wrote: & # 39; Sad news our posts highly decorated member congress medal of honor recipient ranFrancis S Currey was called home to the gentleman, he passed￼ this morning & # 39;
Sergeant Currey, from Selkirk, New York, joined the US Army at the age of 17 where he worked as a technical sergeant. Pictured above in New York in May 2009
He received the prestigious Medal of Honor for his courage in the Battle of the Ardennes in Belgium on December 21, 1944, where he rescued American troops from German fire and stopped the Nazi advance to the Western Front. He was only 18. Currey pictured above in 2009 at a Medal of Honor convention in Chicago
He received the silver medal for his quick thinking and actions and later the honorary medal in 1945. After the war he also received a purple heart for his death in Bavaria while disarming German soldiers.
He was the last WWII Medal of Honor recipient in the state of New York.
His medal of honor was not only for his courage and sacrifice, but also for stopping the advance of the enemy.
The Battle of the Ardennes went down in history as the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during the Second World War. The fight stopped the advance of Axis Powers in Western Europe and helped lead to an Allied victory.
In fact, his actions were credited with shortening the war by six weeks. If the Germans had crossed the bridge that day, they would have gained an advantage on the western front.
In 1998 the first Medal of Honor G.I. Joe action figure was made in his parable complete with a small medal of honor, miniature bazooka, an automatic rifle and grenades
& # 39; My wife says it's a pretty good parable, & # 39; Currey told a reporter in 1998 when the doll was released. An advertisement for the Medal of Honor G.I. Joe action figure above
In 1998 the first Medal of Honor G.I. Joe's action figure was made in his parable complete with a small Medal of Honor, miniature bazooka, an automatic rifle and grenades.
& # 39; My wife says it's a pretty good parable, & # 39; Currey told a reporter in 1998 when the doll was released, according to the Military.com.
American Legion Post 1040 announced Tuesday its death on Facebook and wrote: & # 39; Sad news our posts highly decorated member congress medal of honor recipient ranFrancis S Currey was called the home of Mr., he passed & # 39; this morning. & # 39;
He was born on June 29, 1925 in Loch Sheldrake, New York and lived the rest of his life in Hurleyville, New York.
After serving in World War II, he worked as an advisor at the VA Medical Center in Albany, New York from 1950 until his retirement in 1980. After his retirement, he ran a local horticultural business.
American patrol imagined walking near a smoldering German tank during the Battle of the Ardennes in 1944, which entered history as one of the major battles of the war that paved the way for the Allied victory
The Battle of the Ardennes
The Battle of the Ardennes was the last major German offensive campaign in the Western Front during the Second World War.
The fight stretched from December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945 in East Belgium, Northeast France, and Luxembourg.
In the battle, Allied troops were able to block the Nazi and Axis forces from moving to Western Europe.
The battle began with a surprising attack by German troops on allied forces with 410,000 men and more than 1,400 tanks, killing thousands of American troops.
After more than a month of bloody fighting, the Allied power claimed victory, delayed attack plans for weeks, and waited for German troops to deplete their resources. Most troops on the Allied side were American troops.
The Ardennes was the largest and bloodiest single fight the US fought in World War II and the second deadliest campaign in American history.
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