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Nicholas Minue
Born (1905-03-13)March 13, 1905
Died April 28, 1943(1943-04-28) (aged 38)
Place of birth Sedden, Poland
Place of death Medjez El Bab, Tunisia
Place of burial North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial
Carthage, Tunisia
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service c. 1926 - 1943
Rank Sergeant (voluntarily reduced to Private)
Unit Company A, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment 1st Armored Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Medal of Honor

Nicholas Minue (March 13, 1905 – April 28, 1943) received the Medal of Honor for military service on behalf of the United States of America in World War II. He received this recognition for charging a group of German soldiers that had a machine-gun position near Medjez El Bab, Tunisia. He died during the charge.

BiographyEdit

Minue was born in Sedden, Poland to ethnic Ukrainian parents. He enlisted in the United States Army in Carteret, New Jersey, and after 16 years of service had reached the rank of sergeant. Wanting to served in a combat unit, he gave up his rank and went overseas with Company A, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment as a private in 1942.[1]

He is buried in the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia.[2] His grave can be found in Section E, Line 8. Grave 4.[2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company A, 6th Armored Infantry, 1st Armored Division. Place and date: Near MedjezelBab, Tunisia, April 28, 1943. Entered service at: Carteret, N.J. Birth: Sedden, Poland. G.O. No.: 24, March 25, 1944.

Citation:

For distinguishing himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the loss of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy on 28 April 1943, in the vicinity of MedjezelBab, Tunisia. When the advance of the assault elements of Company A was held up by flanking fire from an enemy machinegun nest, Pvt. Minue voluntarily, alone, and unhesitatingly, with complete disregard of his own welfare, charged the enemy entrenched position with fixed bayonet. Pvt. Minue assaulted the enemy under a withering machinegun and rifle fire, killing approximately 10 enemy machinegunners and riflemen. After completely destroying this position, Pvt. Minue continued forward, routing enemy riflemen from dugout positions until he was fatally wounded. The courage, fearlessness and aggressiveness displayed by Pvt. Minue in the face of inevitable death was unquestionably the factor that gave his company the offensive spirit that was necessary for advancing and driving the enemy from the entire sector.[3]

HonorsEdit

  • In early 1956, the U.S. Army christened two new 172 foot, 860 ton passenger and vehicle ferries, naming both after Medal of Honor recipients from the region. The two ferries, the Lt. Samuel S. Coursen and the Private Nicholas Minue operated in New York Harbor between Manhattan and the army post and First United States Army headquarters at Fort Jay, Governors Island.[4] Both ferries continued in service when Governors Island became a U.S. Coast Guard base in 1966. In 1996, the Minue was declared excess as the Coast Guard closed the base. Sold to a maritime speculator, it is now in decrepit condition in dock in Staten Island New York. This ferry appeared in the TV murder mystery Mike Hammer in the episode "More Than Murder" (IMDB).
  • A public elementary school is named in his honor on Post Boulevard in Carteret, New Jersey.
  • One of the main roads on Contingency Operating Base Speicher, in Tikrit, Iraq, is named in his honor.
  • On Fort Bliss, Texas, home of the 1st Armored Division, there is a street named for him in the division area.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. [1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Nicholas Minue". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8887582. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  3. ""MINUE, NICHOLAS" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: World War II (M-S). United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/wwII-m-s.html. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  4. "First Army Gets Two Ferryboats", New York Times, October 20, 1956
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