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“Courage Without Fear” – Johnson & Vlug (December 15, 1944)

The 126th Cavalry Regiment is presently a unit of the Michigan National Guard. During World War II, the regiment was an infantry unit, and was part of the United States Army‘s 32nd Infantry Division. The regimental motto is “Courage Without Fear” (Latin: Courage Sans Peur).

On December 15, 1944 in combat near Limon, Leyte in the Philippines, two of the regiment’s soldiers embodied the motto and received the Medal of Honor. They were Sergeant Leroy Johnson and Private First Class Dirk J. Vlug.

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Private First Class William A. McWhorter, USA (December 5, 1944)

William A. McWhorter was born on December 7, 1918 in Liberty, South Carolina. His enlistment record doesn’t appear in the records held by the National Archives, so we don’t know when his wartime service in the United States Army began.

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Private Donald R. Lobaugh, USA (July 22, 1944)

Donald Ronald Lobaugh was born in Freeport, Pennsylvania on February 7, 1925. He was inducted into the United States Army on May 15, 1942. His enlistment record marks him as a “Selectee”, but as he was just 17 years old, I’m reasonably certain he was a volunteer.

Regardless, he was posted as an infantryman with the 127th Infantry Regiment, traditionally a unit of the Wisconsin National Guard, which was part of the 32nd Infantry Division.

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Second Lieutenant Dale E. Christensen, USA (July 16-19, 1944)

Dale Eldon Christensen was born in Cameron Township, Iowa on May 31, 1920. He was living in California when he volunteered for service with the United States Army on October 15, 1940. His enlistment was in the Medical Corps for assignment to the Philippine Department.

His wartime service wasn’t in medicine however or in the Philippines. He was later commissioned as an officer and led men in combat as a platoon leader with Troop E, 2nd Squadron, 112th Cavalry Regiment.

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Staff Sergeant Gerald L. Endl, USA (July 11, 1944)

Gerald Leon Endl was inducted into the United States Army on April 16, 1941. His enlistment record indicates that he volunteered for the Philippine Department, but as he wasn’t captured in the Philippines, it’s unlikely he ever served there. A high school graduate, Endl was born in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin on August 20, 1915.

Records indicate that he was also a member of the Wisconsin National Guard, although his enlistment data doesn’t reflect that. Endl served in the South Pacific’s New Guinea Campaign with the 128th Infantry Regiment of the 32nd Infantry Division.

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