Alfred B. Nietzel was born in the Fordham neighborhood of The Bronx, New York on April 27, 1921. He enlisted in the United States Army as a volunteer on October 15, 1940 when he was 19 years old. He fought during World War II in Europe as a soldier with the 1st 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.
Joseph Edward Schaefer was born on December 27, 1918 in Queens, New York. He was drafted for World War II service in the United States Army at age 23 on January 28, 1942. Schaefer was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, also known as the “Fighting First” or simply “The Big Red One” for their division insignia.
I couldn’t determine when he joined the division, but as the 1st entered combat in North Africa on November 8, 1942, it’s possible he was with them. The 1st Infantry Division also fought on Sicily, and then was relocated to England on November 5, 1943 to prepare for the invasion of Europe.
Charles William Shea was born in New York City on August 24, 1921. He grew up in the Bronx, and was known as “Red” from his red hair. According to his enlistment record he had completed three years of high school, and was employed as a “unskilled oiler of machinery” when he was drafted into the United States Army for World War II service on July 7, 1942, slightly more than a month before his 21st birthday.
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