Day G. Turner was born on September 2, 1921 in Berwick, Pennsylvania. He was drafted for wartime service in the United States Army on September 16, 1943. Turner was an infantryman, and served in Company B, 1st Battalion, 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division. The division arrived in Europe for combat via Utah Beach in Normandy on August 5, 1944.
Francis J. Clark was born in Whitehall, New York on April 22, 1912. He was drafted for war service in the United States Army on March 13, 1942 and his records indicate that he had completed just two years of high school, was employed as a skilled woodworker, and had once been married. He was assigned to the 109th Infantry Regiment, traditionally a unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard and part of the 28th Infantry Division.