Salute to Wyoming War Heroes: Sergeant Charles F. Carey, Jr.
On the early life of Charles F. Carey, Jr., not much is written, but what the Technical Sergeant did in January 1945 said volumes about him.
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.
Unarmed, he managed to rescue two squads and evacuated 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.
Six months later in July 1945, Sergeant Carey was posthumously awarded the United States military’s highest decoration – the Medal of Honor.
In Wikipedia, here, you can find Sergeant Carey’s full Medal of Honor citation. The more detailed account of all Carey did is stunning. He asked of his men quite a lot, but led them by real courageous example. Carey saved many American lives. He also took German lives. After firing a rocket at an enemy tank, in flames, its crew came out, and Carey “calmly” rifled them down, killing three, and wounding a fourth.
If you’re wondering if Charles F. Carey was a descendant of Cheyenne’s famous Joseph Carey, he was not. 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.
Just a month earlier, in December of 1944, Charles F. Cary, Jr had turned 30 years old.
Carey was also given two Bronze Stars. He was buried at the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neupré, Belgium.