Alfred B. Nietzel was born in the Fordham neighborhood of The Bronx, New York on April 27, 1921. He enlisted in the United States Army as a volunteer on October 15, 1940 when he was 19 years old. He fought during World War II in Europe as a soldier with the 1st Infantry Division.
Jake William Lindsey, Sr. was born on May 1, 1921 in Isney, Alabama. He voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army on February 6, 1940. Lindsey’s wartime service was in the 1st Infantry Division and the European Theater of Operations.
Robert T. Henry was born in Greenville, Mississippi on November 27, 1923. He was still living there and had completed two years of college when he was drafted at age 19 into the United States Army to serve his nation during World War II on April 23, 1943.
John J. Pinder, Jr. was born outside Pittsburgh in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania on June 6, 1912. When he was drafted into the United States Army on January 27, 1942, he was a minor league baseball player.
Jimmie Waters Monteith, Jr. was born in Low Moor, Virginia on July 1, 1917. He grew up in Richmond, and after graduating from high school, attended Virginia Tech for two years. He left college to take a job as a salesman with the Cabell Coal Company, where his father was a vice president.
Monteith was drafted into the United States Army on October 4, 1941 and immediately showed leadership traits, being promoted to Corporal while still in basic training. He was accepted into Officer Candidates’ School, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in March 1942.