The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
CURREY, FRANCIS S.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company K, 120th
Infantry, 30th Infantry Division. Place and date: Malmedy, Belgium, 21 December
1944. Entered service at: Hurleyville, N.Y. Birth: Loch Sheldrake, N.Y. G.O.
No.: 69, 17 August 1945.
He was an automatic rifleman with the 3d Platoon defending a strong point near Malmedy,
Belgium, on 21 December 1944, when the enemy launched a powerful attack. Overrunning tank
destroyers and antitank guns located near the strong point, German tanks advanced to the
3d Platoon's position, and, after prolonged fighting, forced the withdrawal of this group
to a nearby factory. Sgt. Currey found a bazooka in the building and crossed the street to
secure rockets meanwhile enduring intense fire from enemy tanks and hostile infantrymen
who had taken up a position at a house a short distance away. In the face of small-arms,
machinegun, and artillery fire, he, with a companion, knocked out a tank with 1 shot.
Moving to another position, he observed 3 Germans in the doorway of an enemy-held house.
He killed or wounded all 3 with his automatic rifle. He emerged from cover and advanced
alone to within 50 yards of the house, intent on wrecking it with rockets. Covered by
friendly fire, he stood erect, and fired a shot which knocked down half of 1 wall. While
in this forward position, he observed 5 Americans who had been pinned down for hours by
fire from the house and 3 tanks. Realizing that they could not escape until the enemy tank
and infantry guns had been silenced, Sgt. Currey crossed the street to a vehicle, where he
procured an armful of antitank grenades. These he launched while under heavy enemy fire,
driving the tankmen from the vehicles into the house. He then climbed onto a half-track in
full view of the Germans and fired a machinegun at the house. Once again changing his
position, he manned another machinegun whose crew had been killed; under his covering fire
the 5 soldiers were able to retire to safety. Deprived of tanks and with heavy infantry
casualties, the enemy was forced to withdraw. Through his extensive knowledge of weapons
and by his heroic and repeated braving of murderous enemy fire, 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