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Second Lieutenant Almond E. Fisher, USA (September 12-13, 1944)

Almond Edward Fisher was born on January 28, 1913 in Hume, New York. During World War II, he was an infantry officer with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. The motto of the 45th was “Semper Anticus”, Latin for “Always Forward”.

On September 12-13, 1944, Second Lieutenant Fisher embodied that motto with acts of incredible courage while fighting in southern France.

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The 27th’s Three: Baker, O’Brien, and Salomon (June 19-July 7, 1944)

The United States Army‘s 27th Infantry Division was known as “O’Ryan’s Roughnecks” for its World War I commander, Major General John F. O’Ryan. For service in World War II, the New York National Guard’s 105th Infantry Regiment was federalized on October 15, 1940 into the active Army.

The division’s soldiers earned three Medals of Honor during the war. All three were awarded to men of the 105th Infantry during the Battle of Saipan in the Pacific.

The three recipients were Thomas A. Baker, William J. O’Brien, and Ben L. Salomon.

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Second Lieutenant John E. Butts (June 14, 16, & 23, 1944)

John Edward Butts was born during 1922 in Medina, New York. He enlisted in the New York Army National Guard on October 12, 1939 and was a rifleman with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment when his unit was federalized for service with the United States Army on October 10, 1940.

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TFH 5/12: Second Lieutenant Charles W. Shea, USA

Charles William Shea was born in New York City on August 24, 1921. He grew up in the Bronx, and was known as “Red” from his red hair. According to his enlistment record he had completed three years of high school, and was employed as a “unskilled oiler of machinery” when he was drafted into the United States Army for World War II service on July 7, 1942, slightly more than a month before his 21st birthday.
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