Jose F. Valdez was born in Gobernador, New Mexico on January 3, 1925. He entered the United States Army in 1943, likely as a draftee, and fought in Europe as a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.
Harold Herman Moon, Jr. was born on March 15, 1921 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was drafted into the United States Army on August 5, 1942 at age 21 and assigned to Company G, 2nd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division after training.
Moon was known as a troublemaker and spent time under arrest. His disciplinary problems almost got in the way of him landing with his unit on the Philippine island of Leyte in October 1944. It is well that they did not.