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Andrew Miller was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin on August 11, 1916. He was employed in dairy farming when, on June 27, 1942, he was drafted into the United States Army for service in World War II. He was a member of the 95th Infantry Division, which spent over two years in training preparing for combat in Europe. Miller went overseas with the division, which joined the fight in France on October 19, 1944.
Over a two week period from November 16-29, 1944 in both France and Germany, then-Staff Sergeant Miller was both a squad leader and a one-man army as part of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 377th Infantry Regiment. He repeatedly led his men in the attack, and when the circumstances of battle required, attacked alone. His incredible courage and leadership inspired his men from victory to victory and was recognized the following fall with the Medal of Honor.
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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.
Continue reading Private First Class Carl V. Sheridan, USA (November 26, 1944)
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.
Continue reading Staff Sergeant John W. Minick, USA (November 21, 1944)
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.
Continue reading Lieutenant Colonel George L. Mabry, Jr., USA (November 20, 1944)
Herschel Floyd Briles, nicknamed “Pete”, was born in Colfax, Iowa on February 7, 1914. He joined the United States Army on his 27th birthday in February of 1941. By November of 1944, he was a Staff Sergeant with the 899th Tank Destroyer Battalion and was fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe.
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Francis Xavier McGraw was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 29, 1918 and was living in Camden, New Jersey when he entered the United States Army to serve during World War II. McGraw was a machine gunner in Company H, 3rd Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division.
Continue reading Private First Class Francis X. McGraw, USA (November 19, 1944)
Jonah Edward Kelley was born in Rada, West Virginia on April 13, 1923. He was living in Keyser, West Virginia when he entered the United States Army in 1943. Kelley fought in the European Theater of World War II with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division.
Continue reading Staff Sergeant Jonah E. Kelley, USA (January 30-31, 1945)
Edward Andrew Bennett, Jr. was born in Middleport, Ohio on February 11, 1920. He was working as a “skilled asbestos and insulation worker” when he was drafted into the United States Army on January 10, 1944. His skilled occupation probably explains why he was inducted so late into the war.
Continue reading Corporal Edward A. Bennett, Jr., USA (February 1, 1945)
Nicholas Oresko was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on January 18, 1917. He was married and an office clerk when he was drafted for wartime service in the United States Army on March 25, 1942. Oresko was a member of the 302nd Infantry Regiment, part of the 94th Infantry Division. They landed in France for combat duty on September 8, 1944.
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