Ellis R. Weicht was born on April 17, 1916 in Clearville, Pennsylvania. He was a farm hand in Bedford, Pennsylvania when he was drafted for service in the United States Army in the early days of America in World War II on February 5, 1942.
Victor Leonard Kandle was born on June 13, 1921 in Roy, Washington. He grew up in Puyallup, Washington, graduating from high school there in 1939. He volunteered and enlisted in the United States Army on September 5, 1940, ostensibly for the Philippine Department. After basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington, Kandle was eventually sent to Officer Candidates’ School and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.