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Technical Sergeant Frank D. Peregory

 
 
Technical Sergeant Frank D. Peregory Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, May 2, 2009
1. Technical Sergeant Frank D. Peregory Marker
Inscription. Born at Esmont on 10 April 1915, Frank D. Peregory enlisted in May 1931 in Charlottesville’s Co. K (Monticello Guard), 116th Inf. Regt., 29th Inf. Div. On D-Day, 6 June 1944, T. Sgt. Peregory landed in the assault on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. At Grandcamp, on 8 June, he single-handedly charged an enemy stronghold with grenades and bayonet, killing 8 soldiers and capturing 35. Six days later he was killed in action near Couvains. For his valor T. Sgt. Peregory was awarded the Medal of Honor. He was the sole Virginian in the 29th Division to be awarded the medal, which was given to only 14 of the 300,000 Virginians who served in the war. Peregory is buried at the American Cemetery in St. Laurent, Normandy, France.
 
Erected 1994 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number G-27.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 38° 2.383′ N, 78° 30.417′ W. Marker is in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Emmet Street (Business U.S. 29) and University Avenue and Ivy Road (Business U.S. 250), on the left when traveling south on Emmet Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22903, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Technical Sergeant Frank D. Peregory Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, May 2, 2009
2. Technical Sergeant Frank D. Peregory Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Monroe’s First Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); Henry Martin (approx. 0.3 miles away); University of Virginia (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edgar Allan Poe (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thomas Jefferson Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Holding Echols (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kappa Sigma Fraternity (approx. 0.4 miles away); The University “Corner” (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Charlottesville.
 
Also see . . .  Medal of Honor Citation for Frank Peregory. “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, T/Sgt. 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 handgrenades and bayonet, killed 8 and forced 3 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 T/Sgt. Peregory are exemplary of the highest tradition of the armed forces.” (Submitted on May 3, 2009.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,724 times since then and 112 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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