– Francis Sherman “Frank” Currey, 94, passed away peacefully at home
with his loving family by his side on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.
Frank was born in Loch Sheldrake, NY on June 29, 1925, son of the
late Cecil and Gladys (Yaple) Currey.
One week after graduating from Hurleyville, NY High School in
1943 Frank enlisted in the US Army. An automatic rifleman with
Company K, 120th Infantry, 30th Infantry
Division, Sergeant Currey and his platoon were assigned to defend
the small Belgian town of Malmedy with little more than small arms.
Facing a number of German tanks intent on flanking his battalion,
Currey repeatedly braved enemy fire to inflict heavy losses on the
enemy, rescued five American soldiers that had been pinned down and
repelled the enemy advance. For his valor he was awarded the US
Congressional Medal of Honor. In addition, he was presented with
the Belgian Order of Leopold, a Silver Star, Bronze Star and 3
Purple Hearts. He was also a Charter Member of the Congressional
Medal of Honor Society.
After the war Frank worked as a counselor at the Stratton VA
Medical Center in Albany for 30 years retiring in 1980. After
retirement he moved to Bonneau SC for 25 years, returning to Selkirk
Frank was a volunteer for the South Bethlehem Volunteer
Ambulance Service, was a coach for the Hudson Valley Little League,
a member of the Bethlehem Conservation Committee, the RCS Men’s
Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the American Legion Post
1040 Nathaniel Adams Blanchard Post, Delmar and the VFW Sheehy-Palmer
Post 6776, Albany. Frank enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and
traveling. Frank’s greatest joy in his life was spending time with
Survivors include his loving wife of 70 years, Wilma Eileen
French Currey; children, Michael (Anne), Kathryn (Thomas) Domery and
Jonathan (Lorri Ducharme); grandchildren, Jessica (Michael) Moran,
Kyleen (Scott) D’Ambrosio, Diane (Jesse) Lammers, Christopher (Juli)
and James (Tammy) Currey and Kevin (Michelle McDermott) and Travis
Currey; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena on Friday,
October 11th from 4 to 7 PM. Funeral services with full
military honors will be held 10:30 AM on Saturday October 12th
at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant
Cemetery, South Bethlehem, NY. Contributions in memory of Francis
may be made to Senior Projects of Ravena, 9 Bruno Blvd., Ravena,
or Community Hospice of Albany County, 445 New Karner Road, Albany,