The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*PEREGORY, FRANK D.
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.
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.