Our final post about Operation Torch is about Medal Of Honor recipient PFC Nicholas Minue
Private Nicholas Minue, was born on Christmas day, 1900 in Sedden, Poland. His family immigrated to the United States early in Nicholas’ life, though the exact date is unknown.
His mother, Mary Minue, had told an interviewer that her son first joined the US Army when he was 18 because of WWI. Not much is known about Nicholas Minue’s WWI military service, as sadly those records were lost in the infamous St. Louis fire at the National Archives. Though it can be assumed it was a short period of time based off of his mother’s statement that “when the war ended he went into business”.
In May, 1927 Nicholas Minue reenlisted in the US Army and served first as a cook and then as an infantry man for the next 16 years. At one point reaching the rank of sergeant, which he gave up to be able to fight on the ground during WWII. It was during this period of service with Company A, 6th Armored Infantry, 1st Armored Division, that PFC Nicholas Minue distinguished himself “by gallantry and intrepidity at the loss of his life above and beyond the call of duty”. For those actions he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and a Purple Heart. See the memo for publication for the full citation.