Technical Sergeant Frank D. Peregory, USA (June 8, 1944) The 29th Infantry Division, a formation of the Virginia National Guard, was activated for Federal service in the descent to American involvement in World War II on February 3, 1941 – almost ten months before Pearl Harbor.

this contact form Frank D. Peregory was one of the guardsmen federalized with the division. He had been born on April 10, 1916 in Esmont, Virginia, and was a member of the 116th Infantry Regiment. As the division was filled out with draftees, the more experienced soldiers received promotions. The 116th Infantry was the lead unit of the 29th Division landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day. Peregory, then a Technical Sergeant (and likely a platoon sergeant), landed with Company K, 3rd Battalion at 0730 hours on June 6.

On D+2 near Grandcampe, France – about four miles west of where they had come ashore two days previously – Technical Sergeant Peregory routed an enemy force whose entrenchments and fortifications had stymied earlier assaults, including artillery and tank fire. His lone assault was recognized with the Medal of Honor.

From Medal of Honor Citations for World War II (M-S):MOH-200px

Photo: Military Times’ Hall of Valor


Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company K 116th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division. Place and date: Grandcampe France, 8 June 1944. Entered service at: Charlottesville, Va. G.O. No.: 43, 30 May 1945

Citation: 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.

Six days later, Peregory was killed in action. He rests in peace among his comrades who never left France in the Normandy American Cemetery.

The 29th Infantry Division is still a National Guard formation, and is comprised of guardsmen (and women!) from Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia.


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