Ralph George Neppel was born on October 31, 1923 in Willey, Iowa. He entered the United States Army in March 1943, and by December of the following year he was fighting in the area of Birgel, Germany as a Sergeant and machine gun squad leader with Company M, 3rd Battalion, 329th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division.
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.
Jake William Lindsey, Sr. was born on May 1, 1921 in Isney, Alabama. He voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army on February 6, 1940. Lindsey’s wartime service was in the 1st Infantry Division and the European Theater of Operations.
Freeman Victor Horner was born on June 7, 1922 in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania. He held only a grade-school education when he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army on January 4, 1941 at age 18. Horner’s original enlistment was for one year, which of course was extended indefinitely by the United States’ entry into World War II.
Robert T. Henry was born in Greenville, Mississippi on November 27, 1923. He was still living there and had completed two years of college when he was drafted at age 19 into the United States Army to serve his nation during World War II on April 23, 1943.
Pedro Cano was born on June 19, 1920 in La Morita, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. At two months old, he moved with his parents to Edinburg, Texas. Other details of his early life are sketchy, but it’s known he was married and had a daughter when he entered the United States Army for service during World War II. It’s likely he was drafted, but his enlistment record is lost to time. Regardless, he left his family to serve his adopted country; a country of which he was not yet a citizen.
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.
Max Thompson was born in Bethel, North Carolina on July 21, 1922. He was working in a paper mill when he was drafted into the United States Army on November 14, 1942 at age 20. His service began at Camp Croft, South Carolina.
James Montross Burt was born in Hinsdale, Massachusetts on July 18, 1917. He attended Norwich University, graduating with the class of 1939. Burt was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Armor Branch of the United States Army.
Jack James Pendleton was born in Sentinel Butte, North Dakota on March 31, 1918. He grew up in Yakima, Washington and was living there when he was drafted for World War II service in the United States Army on July 7, 1942 at age 24.