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Second Lieutenant Audie L. Murphy, USA (January 26, 1945)

click Audie Leon Murphy was born on June 20, 1925 in Kingston, Texas. He was the seventh of twelve children in a family abandoned by their father during his childhood. Murphy left school after the fifth grade and was orphaned with the death of his mother in 1941.

buy Depakote india After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, he attempted to enlist in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, but was rejected by all three as being both under age and underweight.

buy propecia online safe In June of 1942, with the help of an older sister who falsified his age by one year, he enlisted in the United States Army at age 17. At the time, the Army recorded him as just 5 feet, 5 1/2 inches tall and 112 pounds.

Might comes in small packages, so it was later shown.

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First Lieutenant Victor L. Kandle, USA (October 9, 1945)

Victor Leonard Kandle was born on June 13, 1921 in Roy, Washington. He grew up in Puyallup, Washington, graduating from high school there in 1939. He volunteered and enlisted in the United States Army on September 5, 1940, ostensibly for the Philippine Department. After basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington, Kandle was eventually sent to Officer Candidates’ School and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.

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Sergeant Harold O. Messerschmidt & First Lieutenant Donald K. Schwab, USA (September 17, 1944)

3rd Infantry Division patch (Wikimedia Commons)

On this day seventy years ago, two soldiers of the United States Army‘s 3rd Infantry Division demonstrated courage “above and beyond the normal call of duty” in combat operations in southern France.

Both men later received the Medal of Honor for their heroism. The first, Harold O. Messerschmidt, was killed in action and posthumously decorated in the immediate postwar period. The second, Donald K. Schwab, fell victim to ethnic discrimination and wasn’t given the award he deserved until just this year.

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First Lieutenant John J. Tominac, USA (September 12, 1944)

John Joseph Tominac was born in Conemaugh, Pennsylvania on April 29, 1922. He voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army, specifically the United States Army Air Corps, on November 22, 1941. At some point, he was transferred to the Infantry branch and also earned an officer’s commission.

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The Ambush at Valmontone: Privates Christian & Johnson (June 2-3,1944)

On June 2-3, 1944 near Valmontone, Italy, soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division‘s 15th Infantry Regiment were ambushed by a Nazi mixed infantry and armor force. Two of the men caught in the ambush – both privates – on their own initiative sacrificed their own lives in lone attacks that diverted the enemy’s attention and allowed their comrades to escape.

Their names were Herbert F. Christian and Elden H. Johnston. Both men posthumously received the Medal of Honor.

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“Can Do” – Antolak, Mills, & Schauer (May 23-24, 1944)

The combat history of the 15th United States Infantry dates back to the War of 1812. The present 15th Infantry Regiment dates to the US Civil War. The regiment’s motto is simply, “Can Do”.

On May 23-24, 1944 as part of the 3rd Infantry Division, three soldiers of the 15th Infantry, two of them from the same company, embodied the regiment’s motto in the breakout from the Anzio beachhead at Cisterna di Littoria, Italy. All three men were decorated with the Medal of Honor.

They were Sergeant Sylvester Antolak, Private James H. Mills, and Private First Class Henry Schauer.

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