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Staff Sergeant Andrew Miller, USA (November 16-29, 1944)

MillerAndrewAndrew 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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Staff Sergeant Ruben Rivers, USA (November 15-19, 1944)

Ruben Rivers was born in Tecumseh, Oklahoma during 1921. His family was large (he had 11 siblings!) and with his parents, they lived on and worked a family farm in Hotulka, Oklahoma. He joined the United States Army with two of his brothers to serve his country during World War II, and became the only one of the three who would serve in a combat unit in the then-segregated Army.

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Private First Class Salvador J. Lara, USA (May 27-28, 1944)

Salvador J. Lara was born during 1920 in Riverside, California. His enlistment record indicates that he was a farm hand who left high school after three years and was drafted into the United States Army on July 7, 1942 for World War II service.

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