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About Frank D Peregory
Frank Peregory entered active duty in the U.S. Army from the Virginia National Guard.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Technical Sergeant Frank D. Peregory (ASN: 20365455), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. On 8 June 1944, the 3d Battalion of the 116th Infantry was advancing on the strongly held German defenses at Grandcampe, France, when the leading elements were suddenly halted by decimating machinegun fire from a firmly entrenched enemy force on the high ground overlooking the town. After numerous attempts to neutralize the enemy position by supporting artillery and tank fire had proved ineffective, Technical Sergeant Peregory, on his own initiative, advanced up the hill under withering fire, and worked his way to the crest where he discovered an entrenchment leading to the main enemy fortifications 200 yards away. Without hesitating, he leaped into the trench and moved toward the emplacement. Encountering a squad of enemy riflemen, he fearlessly attacked them with hand grenades and bayonet, killed eight and forced three to surrender. Continuing along the trench, he single-handedly forced the surrender of 32 more riflemen, captured the machine gunners, and opened the way for the leading elements of the battalion to advance and secure its objective. The extraordinary gallantry and aggressiveness displayed by Technical Sergeant Peregory are exemplary of the highest tradition of the armed forces.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 43, May 30, 1945
Action Date: 8-Jun-44
Rank: Technical Sergeant
Company: Company K
Battalion: 3d Battalion
Regiment: 116th Infantry Regiment
Division: 29th Infantry Division