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First Lieutenant Cecil H. Bolton, USA (November 2, 1944)

The 104th Infantry Division was activated on September 15, 1942 as the United States Army expanded for World War II. The division trained extensively in the northwest United States through the summer of 1944, earning the nickname “Timberwolves”. They trained for combat in Europe and were one of the first Army units trained specifically for night fighting. They arrived in France for combat service in early September, 1944.

With them in the division’s 413th Infantry Regiment was Cecil Hamilton Bolton. Bolton was born in Crawfordsville, Florida on October 7, 1908 and was working as a “hotel and restaurant manager” when he was drafted in Alabama at age 33 on July 27, 1942.

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Private John R. Towle, USA (September 21, 1944)

504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia (WC)

John Roderick Towle was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 19, 1924. Towle, an “unskilled machine shop” employee with just a grade school education, was drafted into the United States Army on March 11, 1943 at age 18. After his initial training, he volunteered for airborne duty. After earning his jump wings, Towle was sent overseas to join the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

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Private First Class Joe E. Mann, USA (September 18-19, 1944)

Photo: Military Times’ Hall of Valor

Joe Eugene Mann was born on July 8, 1922 in Reardan, Washington. He was a high school graduate, and had completed a year of college when he was drafted into the United States Army a little more than one month after his 20th birthday on August 31, 1942.

Merely serving his country in wartime wasn’t enough for him: he volunteered for airborne training.

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