Governor Jay Nixon noted the passing of a decorated World War II veteran and Jefferson City resident.
Perry Eugene Coy passed away on Monday at the age of 88.
Coy served as a U.S. Army staff sergeant and fought during the liberation of France and the invasion of Nazi Germany.
He was awarded three Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star and the Silver Star – the nation’s third-highest military award.
“This week, Missouri lost another notable member of the Greatest Generation with the passing of Staff Sgt. Coy,” Gov. Nixon said in a statement. “Heroes such as Perry Coy have stepped forward to bravely serve our country since its earliest days, and continue to do so today. Their courage is an inspiration to us all, and has kept our nation free. I salute his service and his sacrifice, and that of all those who are serving, or have served, in our armed forces – especially as so many who fought in World War II or Korea pass away. Godspeed, Staff Sgt. Coy.”
In 2012, Nixon presented Coy with the Legion of Honor medal, the highest award bestowed by France in recognition of great service to the nation. Then in Jan. 2011, Nixon recognized Coy for his service during his State of the State address.
Funeral services, with full military honors, are scheduled for Thursday in Jefferson City.