John Wilson Minick was born in Wall, Pennsylvania on June 14, 1908. He was living in Carlisle, Pennsylvania when he was drafted into the United States Army on February 8, 1943. Minick fought in Europe as an infantryman with the 121st Infantry Regiment of the 8th Infantry Division.
Ernest W. Prussman was born during 1921 in Baltimore, Maryland. His enlistment record indicates that he had a grammar school education and was working as a sales clerk in greater Boston, Massachusetts when he was drafted into the United States Army on October 27, 1942.