Charles Patrick Murray, Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 26, 1921. He moved with his family to Wilmington, North Carolina as a toddler, and was in his third year of studies at the University of North Carolina when he was drafted into the United States Army on September 7, 1942. He was commissioned as an officer, and arrived in France as a replacement platoon leader in Company C, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division during October of 1944.
Forrest E. Peden was born on October 3, 1913 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. He was living in Wathena, Kansas and working in automotive service when he was drafted for World War II service in the United States Army on February 3, 1943 at age 29. Peden was trained as an artilleryman and fought in Europe with the 10th Field Artillery Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division.
Jose F. Valdez was born in Gobernador, New Mexico on January 3, 1925. He entered the United States Army in 1943, likely as a draftee, and fought in Europe as a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.
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.
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.
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.
Russell E. Dunham was born in East Carondelet, Illinois on February 23, 1920. He held just a grammar school education and was a farmhand when he volunteered for the United States Army and enlisted on August 16, 1940.
Dunham fought across North Africa and Europe with the 3rd Infantry Division. By January 8, 1945, he was a Technical Sergeant and acting as a platoon leader in Company I, 3rd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment.
William F. Leonard was born on August 9, 1913 in Lockport, New York. It appears that he was living in Maine when he was drafted for war service in the United States Army on November 17, 1942. By November 7, 1944, Leonard was a Private First Class in Company C, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment and was fighting in southern France as part of the 3rd Infantry Division.
Wilburn Kirby Ross was born on May 12, 1922 in Strunk, Kentucky. At age 18 he worked as a coal miner, but was employed in Virginia as a shipyard welder when he received his draft notice to report for induction into the United States Army. He was a foot soldier with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.
Lucian Adams was born on October 26, 1922 in Port Arthur, Texas. He was drafted for wartime service with the United States Army on February 25, 1943 and was assigned to Company I, 3rd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division. Adams joined the division for the Italian Campaign, and landed at both Salerno and Anzio.
Clyde Lee Choate was born on June 28, 1920 in West Frankfort, Illinois. His enlistment record is one of those missing from preservation at the National Archives, but by October 1944 he was a United States Army Staff Sergeant and the commander of a M10 or M36 gun motor carriage with the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, attached to the 3rd Infantry Division.
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.