Original U.S. WWII 1st Infantry Division Named D-Day Grouping - Captain Harry Carey, Wounded in Normandy June 6, 1944

Item Description

Original Items: One-Of-A-Kind. This is an incredible and extensive grouping attributed to a young Company Commander wounded during the D-Day Invasion! This grouping features a lot of documents as well as a Purple Heart, Silver Star and Bronze Star!

Captain Harry F. Carey (ASN:1286086) was born on July 22, 1916 in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the US Army on June 13, 1941 and went active duty on June 27, 1942. He was a Rifle Company Commander with the 3rd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division.

During his time in service from 1942-1946 he served in the following Campaigns and Battles: Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.

He was awarded the following: European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign WITH 8 BATTLE STARS, Purple Heart, Bronze Star With 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and “V” Valor Device, Silver Star, Unit Citation With 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and a Combat Infantry Badge.

We have NEVER seen a soldier awarded 8 battle stars on an EAME before! We are almost certain he was relieved to leave the service in 1946. After 5 long and faithful years of service, seeing and doing stuff that is both nightmare material, as well as movie material, Captain Harry Carey honorably left the military on January 7,1946 out of Indiantown Gap Military Reservation in Pennsylvania.  

The Grouping Consists of The Following:
- Purple Heart Medal: The medal was awarded for wounds received in Mandeville, Normandy, June 6, 1944. The medal is Rim Numbered 306369. High possibility of being a replacement medal, as we do not have the resources readily available to us to trace the number.

- Silver Star With Citation (Replacement)

“FIRST LIEUTENANT, Company M, 18th Infantry. For gallantry in action in the vicinity of Eupen, Belgium, 18 December 1944. When a platoon was in urgent need of ammunition and rations, Lieutenant Carey courageously left his position of safety and fearlessly proceeded across perilous terrain to a ration depot. Despite his cumbersome burden and heavy enemy sniper fire, he skillfully maneuvered his way back to the group and delivered the important supplies. Lieutenant Carey’s gallant action and dauntless initiative contributed immeasurably in repelling a hostile assault.”

- Bronze Star W/ (2) Clusters & (1) “V” With Citation (Replacement)
“FIRST LIEUTENANT, Company M, 18th Infantry. FOr heroic achievement in connection with military operation against the enemy in the vicinity of Aubel, Belgium, 11 September 1944. Despite heavy enemy fire, Lieutenant Carey reconnoitered strategic positions for his company’s heavy weapons, guided gun crews to the selected locations, and directed an effective barrage upon hostile troops. Lieutenant Carey’s heroic actions contributed immeasurably to the success of his unit’s attack upon an objective.”

- (2) Ribbon Bars: The first ribbon bar features (3) ribbons: Silver Star, Purple Heart and EAME with (4) Stars and (1) Arrowhead. The second ribbon bar features (2) ribbons: Army Good Conduct and EAME with (3) Stars and (1) Arrowhead.

- Distinguished Unit Citation With (2) Oak Leaf Clusters With Original Citation: “3rd Battalion, 18th Infantry,was cited on GO #54, Hq 1st US Infantry Division, dated 10 March 1945, for outstanding performance of duty in action during 8 October to 19 October 1944,inclusive, in the vicinity of Aachen, Germany.”

- (1) Captain Bars: Shows signs of heavy wear and tarnish, marked Sterling on the back.

- (1) 18th Infantry Distinctive Unit Insignia: Still retains a lovely polish and color. All enamel is retained with an undamaged screw post with backing as well as the pin back with frog.

- 1st Infantry Division Shoulder Patch: The patch shows signs of having been attached to a uniform, but displays minimal wear and fading.

- US Army ETO Advance Sector (ADSEC) Patch: The patch shows signs of having been attached to a uniform, but displays minimal wear and fading.

- Original Documents & Copies of Originals: The documents consist of Military School rosters, award rosters, notices of promotion, COPIES of original award citations, original distinguished unit citation, copy of war department ID and many more!

- M1 Bayonet Brass Letter Opener: You could probably consider this trench art, however we do not know the source of the brass used, whether it being a shell casing or not. This 9” letter opener is very well made and appears to be of a single piece construction. The grips feature an 18th Infantry insignia, consisting of crossed rifles with an 18 to the top and G at the bottom for the company he was in when this was made. The opposite side has the 1st Infantry Division insignia, a shield with a 1 in the center. On the blade there are various locations in which Captain Carey was at. The following is engraved on the blade: France, Belgium, Germany, Czecho-Slovakia. On the right side Algeria, Tunisia and Sicily are engraved.

This is truly a wonderful grouping, attributed to a soldier who stormed the beaches of Normandy and was wounded later that day. Comes ready to research and display!
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