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Second to none: Cowan, López, & Soderman (December 17, 1944)

December 17, 1944 was the second day of the Battle of the Bulge, Nazi Germany’s last ditch counter-offensive to stave off defeat in Western Europe at the hands of the Allies. The early days of the offensive were marked by rapid gains by the enemy and stalwart, heroic defenses by the besieged Americans in their path. Three soldiers of the United States Army‘s 2nd Infantry Division were awarded the Medal of Honor for their courage that day.

They were Private First Class Richard E. Cowan, Sergeant José M. López, and Private First Class William A. Soderman.

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Sergeant John J. McVeigh, USA (August 29, 1944)

John J. McVeigh was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during 1921. He graduated from high school in 1939, and was drafted for wartime service in the United States Army on September 17, 1942. By August 29, 1944 he had attained the rank of Sergeant and was serving with Company H, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.

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