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Subject: Medal of Honor Recipient Francis Currey

Dies at 94
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Date Posted: Wednesday, October 09, 01:21:57pm

Local WWII veteran, Medal of Honor recipient dies at 94

SELKIRK — Francis S. Currey, one of the last few living World War II veterans who received the Medal of Honor, died Tuesday morning at 94.

His death was announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday, Oct. 8 by the Delmar-based Nathaniel Adams Blanchard Post 1040 of the American Legion, which he had been involved in. The exact time, nature and location of his death have yet to be confirmed.

Currey, of Selkirk, was originally born in Loch Sheldrake, New York on June 29, 1925 and joined the U.S. Army when he was 17 where he eventually became a technical sergeant. According to the Digital Collections of the National WWII Museum, on Dec. 21, 1944, Currey risked his life when German infantrymen shot at his direction in Malmedy, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. He countered with a bazooka and anti-tank grenades, and rescued five fellow American soldiers who were trapped by German tank rounds. He was just 19 at the time.

His heroic actions earned him the Medal of Honor — the highest and most prestigious decoration for an outstanding U.S. military service member for acts of valor — and has been said to win the battle and shorten the war. According to a July 14, 2006 article by the Times Herald-Record, a GI Joe action figure was crafted in his image back in 1998.

Nathaniel Adams Blanchard Post 1040 of the American Legion sent out a release on Wednesday, Oct. 9 that confirmed Currey’s wake will be on Friday, Oct. 11 at the Babcock Funeral Home in Ravena from 4 to 7 p.m. A service will follow on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m. with full military honors. He will be interred at the South Bethlehem Cemetery.


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