116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division
Plot G, Row 21, Grave 7
TSgt. Frank D. Peregory was born April 10, 1916 in Esmont, Va. and grew up in a in Albemarle County, Va.
On D-Day, Peregory landed with the 116thInfantry Regiment on Omaha Beach. After breaking out of the Vierville Draw, his regiment turned right and headed up the coast to link up with units of the 4thDivision landing on Utah Beach.
On June 8, 1944, Peregory advanced with his company on the strongly held German posts at Grandcamp, France. The German defenses halted the advance, raining down machine-gun fire from a firmly entrenched position overlooking the town. Supporting artillery and tank fire proved futile. Taking full initiative and under continuous fire, Peregory advanced up the hill towards a crest where an entrenchment leading to the main enemy fortifications lay. He leaped into the trench and came upon a squad of German soldiers. Peregory attacked them with his bayonet, threw hand grenades, and managed to kill eight Germans, after which three enemy soldiers surrendered. Peregory would force 32 more riflemen to surrender, capture the machine gunners, and successfully clear the way for his battalion to continue the advance.
Six days after his courageous and heroic act, Peregory was killed in action while the division was securing Isigny and attempting to move to St. Lo, which took five weeks of intense combat to liberate. He was 28 years old.
Awards: Medal of Honor, Soldier’s Medal, Purple Heart
Frank D. Peregory is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot G, Row 21, Grave 7.