Currey remembered for his actions and as an action figure

October 09, 2019 12:56 PM

SELKIRK – The last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II in New York State has died.  Born in the Catskills, Sgt. Frank Currey and his wife Wilma settled in Selkirk and raised their family. He was 94.

Currey's actions and heroics during the Battle of the Bulge saved lives and the Army estimates it shortened the war by six weeks. "Grew up poor from the depression. Everything that he made was his own. He never took anything from anybody,” said his son Jon. "The proudest thing he would tell anyone is that he's been married to my mother for 70 years. The Medal was a nice thing but his eyes would light up when he would talk about mom."


He joined the Army a week out of high school, returned from combat and worked for Dept. of Veterans Affairs as a benefits counselor for 30 years before retiring.

"He always used to say to me and people who were in Gold Star Families,” said former Congressman Mike McNulty, “you lost a lot more because your loved one didn't come back. I'm lucky. I came back and he always had that very positive attitude."

Currey received the Medal of Honor in July 1945. He will be buried locally on Saturday.


WNYT Staff

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