Macario García (some sources say “Marcario”; the former is on his tombstone) was born on January 20, 1920 in Villa de Castaño, Mexico. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1924 and they settled in Sugar Land, Texas.
García was working as a farm hand and held only a grade-school education when he was drafted for service in the United States Army on November 11, 1942. He was not yet an American citizen. He was trained as an infantryman, and went to war with Company B, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.
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Carl Vernon Sheridan was born in Baltimore, Maryland on January 5, 1925. He was still living there and working as a sales clerk when, at just age 18, he was drafted into the United States Army for combat service during World War II on May 1, 1943.
Sheridan was trained as an infantryman and bazooka gunner, and it was in that capacity that he went to war against Nazi Germany as a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. He likely joined the unit as it was preparing to join in the invasion of Europe in England, or shortly after the 9th Division entered combat in France on June 10, 1944.
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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.
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George Lafayette Mabry, Jr. was born on September 14, 1917 in Sumter, South Carolina. He graduated from Presbyterian College (Clinton, SC) in 1940, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army via ROTC. Mabry, as Captain in the 8th Infantry Regiment, landed with the 4th Infantry Division on D-Day at Utah Beach. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for valor during the invasion.
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Alfred B. Nietzel was born in the Fordham neighborhood of The Bronx, New York on April 27, 1921. He enlisted in the United States Army as a volunteer on October 15, 1940 when he was 19 years old. He fought during World War II in Europe as a soldier with the 1st Infantry Division.
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Bernard James Ray was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 9, 1921. He was serving as a First Lieutenant and rifle platoon leader in the United States Army‘s 4th Infantry Division when he gave his life in the service of freedom on November 17, 1944.
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Turney White Leonard was born in Dallas, Texas on June 18, 1921. He was a member of the class of 1942 at Texas A&M University and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army via ROTC. Leonard was assigned to the Armor Branch.
He entered combat in Normandy in July 1944 with the 893rd Tank Destroyer Battalion. The 893rd was equipped with the M10 Gun Motor Carriage.
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