Lloyd G. McCarter was born in Saint Maries, Idaho on May 11, 1917. Very little is known about his life, and his enlistment record isn’t in those kept by the National Archives. From an article written years later by his commanding officer, Lieutenant William T. Calhoun, we do know that he had worked as a lumberjack in civilian life, had reached the rank of Sergeant in the artillery before volunteering for demotion to Private so he could attend jump school.
Lloyd G. McCarter was born in St. Maries, Idaho on May 11, 1917. He was a member of the Idaho National Guard who was federalized for service in the United States Army during World War II. He also volunteered for airborne training, and was a member of the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment. The 503rd’s combat jump onto the Philippine island of Corregidor on February 16, 1945 gave the regiment its nickname – “The Rock”, also the nickname of the island itself.
During the first four days of the battle on Corregidor, McCarter cemented himself as one of our nation’s greatest heroes and was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Ray Edward Eubanks was born on February 6, 1922 in Snow Hill, North Carolina. He voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army on June 10, 1939 at age seventeen for a three-year hitch. His enlistment was obviously extended by World War II.
Eubanks later volunteered for airborne training, and after receiving his jump wings, was placed with the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment and sent to fight the Japanese in the South Pacific.