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Second Lieutenant George W. G. Boyce, Jr., USA (July 23, 1944)

George W. G. Boyce, Jr. was born in New York City and was living in Town of Cornwall, New York when he joined the United States Army. Very little information is available about his life before his military service.

On July 23, 1944 on New Guinea during the Battle of Driniumor River as a Second Lieutenant with the 112th Cavalry Regiment, Boyce saved the men of his platoon from a Japanese grenade by smothering it with his own body.

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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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