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Staff Sergeant Manuel V. Mendoza, USA (October 4, 1944)

Manuel Verdugo Mendoza was born on June 15, 1922 in Miami, Arizona. He was working as a farmhand when he was drafted into the United States Army at age 20 on November 21, 1942. After basic training, Mendoza was assigned to the brand-new 88th Infantry Division, the first Army division to be formed primarily from draftees.

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