Manuel Pérez, Jr. was born on March 3, 1923 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He grew up living with his father in Chicago, Illinois. His enlistment record is not one preserved by the National Archives, but by February 13, 1945, Pérez was a Private First Class in the United States Army‘s Company A, 1st Battalion, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division.
Elmer E. Fryar was born on February 10, 1914 in Denver, Colorado. His enlistment record isn’t among those preserved in the National Archives, but we do know he in part volunteered for service as he was a United States Army paratrooper.