Turney White Leonard was born in Dallas, Texas on June 18, 1921. He was a member of the class of 1942 at Texas A&M University and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army via ROTC. Leonard was assigned to the Armor Branch.
Francis J. Clark was born in Whitehall, New York on April 22, 1912. He was drafted for war service in the United States Army on March 13, 1942 and his records indicate that he had completed just two years of high school, was employed as a skilled woodworker, and had once been married. He was assigned to the 109th Infantry Regiment, traditionally a unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard and part of the 28th Infantry Division.