Wilburn Kirby Ross was born on May 12, 1922 in Strunk, Kentucky. At age 18 he worked as a coal miner, but was employed in Virginia as a shipyard welder when he received his draft notice to report for induction into the United States Army. He was a foot soldier with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.
Wesley Phelps was born on June 12, 1923 in Neafus, Kentucky. After graduating from high school in 1942, he began studying the trade of radio equipment repair. That career wasn’t to be as he was called by his nation for World War II service and inducted into the United States Marine Corps Reserve on April 9, 1943.
Leonard Foster Mason was born on February 22, 1920 in Middlesboro, Kentucky. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in April of 1943, and became a rifleman with the 3rd Marine Division‘s 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. Mason landed with 2/3 Marines on Guam, July 21, 1944.
Luther Skaggs, Jr. was born in Henderson, Kentucky on March 3, 1923. He volunteered for the United States Marine Corps Reserve on October 6, 1942. After his recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina he was placed with the active Marine Corps in the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.
All Medal of Honor stories are incredible, but some are even more so than others. Some read as if they hadn’t happened, the entire course of a conflict may have been different. Today’s story is one of those; that of a not-quite 19 year-old American, in the Army for less than one year, who exhibited conduct in action far beyond his years or experience. John C. Squires was born in Lexington, Kentucky on May 19, 1925. He was drafted at age 18 on July 24, 1943 into the United States Army.