Salute to Wyoming War Heroes: Sergeant Charles F. Carey, Jr.
More than a dozen men wouldn’t have lived to see their future wives and children had not Technical Sergeant Charles F. Carey Junior’s courageous heroic event January 1945 secured that fate.
Carey enlisted in the U.S. Army in Cheyenne, then served in the 100th Infantry Division and the 397th Infantry. On January 8, 1945, his battalion was attacked by twelve German tanks in Rimling, France. Here is a story of a true American hero.
On January 8, 1945, his battalion was attacked by twelve German tanks in Rimling, France. Here is a story of a true American hero.
Unarmed, he managed to rescue two squads and evacuated the wounded. The Sergeant then led a charge against a house fortified by enemy snipers. Entering alone, he later emerged with 16 prisoners. The next day, he was struck by sniper fire while attempting to rescue four of his fellow soldiers. Just a month earlier, in December of 1944, Charles F. Carey, Jr had turned 30 years old.
Six months later in July 1945, Sergeant Carey was posthumously awarded the United States military’s highest decoration – the Medal of Honor.
Carey asked a lot of his men, but he guided them by a courageous example. Carey saved many American lives. He also took several enemy German lives. Once, he fired a rocket at an enemy tank, as it was in flames, its crew came out, and then Carey picked them off, killing three, and wounding a fourth.
Carey was also given two Bronze Stars. He was buried at the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neupré, Belgium.
Charles F. Carey was not a descendant of Cheyenne’s famous Joseph Carey. Charles, Junior was born in an eastern Oklahoma town. Both were great Americans, but we know for sure this Carey was a true hero of World War II.