The Memorial to Sergeant Peregory

                                                    Ray Mohr a 29th National Guard Veteran visiting the grave

The memorial to Sergeant Peregory was inaugurated in 1994 for the 50th anniversary. It is nowe dwarfed by the Japenease statue of World Peace put there in 2004. Below is the citation for his medal of honour, sadly he was killed in action six days later. He is buried in the American Cemetery nearby. 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. Born. 10 April 1915, Esmont, 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 Grandcamp, 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. Besides the Medal of Honour he was also awarded the Soldier's Medal and Purple Heart

The Monument can be found on the road out of Grandcamp in the direction of Pointe du Hoc and he is buried at the American Cemetery at nearby Colleville St Laurent Plot G Row 21 Grave 7

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