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“Vanguards”: DeFranzo & Ehlers (June 9-10,1944)

On June 9-10, 1944 as the 1st Infantry Division continued to fight their way inland off Omaha Beach where they had landed on D-Day, two men of the 18th Infantry Regiment distinguished themselves above and beyond the normal call of duty and were decorated with the Medal of Honor.

The 18th Regiment’s motto is “Vanguards”. Both of these men were vanguards of their units in the attack, putting their objectives and the soldiers they led before themselves.

They were Staff Sergeants Arthur F. DeFranzo and Walter D. Ehlers.

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