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Sergeant Harold O. Messerschmidt & First Lieutenant Donald K. Schwab, USA (September 17, 1944)

3rd Infantry Division patch (Wikimedia Commons)

On this day seventy years ago, two soldiers of the United States Army‘s 3rd Infantry Division demonstrated courage “above and beyond the normal call of duty” in combat operations in southern France.

Both men later received the Medal of Honor for their heroism. The first, Harold O. Messerschmidt, was killed in action and posthumously decorated in the immediate postwar period. The second, Donald K. Schwab, fell victim to ethnic discrimination and wasn’t given the award he deserved until just this year.

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