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Staff Sergeant Curtis F. Shoup, USA (January 7, 1945)

Curtis F. Shoup was born January 11, 1921 in Napenoch, New York. He graduated from high school in Oswego, NY and was inducted for wartime service in the United States Army at age 21 on August 12, 1942 at Syracuse, NY.

Shoup was assigned to Company I, 3rd Battalion, 346th Infantry Regiment in August of 1944. The regiment was part of the 87th Infantry Division and was comprised mainly of draftees. They arrived for combat in Europe when they landed in France in early December, 1944.

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Sergeant Alfred B. Nietzel, USA (November 18, 1944)

Alfred B. Nietzel was born in the Fordham neighborhood of The Bronx, New York on April 27, 1921. He enlisted in the United States Army as a volunteer on October 15, 1940 when he was 19 years old. He fought during World War II in Europe as a soldier with the 1st Infantry Division.

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First Lieutenant Bernard J. Ray, USA (November 17, 1944)

Bernard James Ray was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 9, 1921. He was serving as a First Lieutenant and rifle platoon leader in the United States Army‘s 4th Infantry Division when he gave his life in the service of freedom on November 17, 1944.

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Private First Class William F. Leonard, USA (November 7, 1944)

William F. Leonard was born on August 9, 1913 in Lockport, New York. It appears that he was living in Maine when he was drafted for war service in the United States Army on November 17, 1942. By November 7, 1944, Leonard was a Private First Class in Company C, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment and was fighting in southern France as part of the 3rd Infantry Division.

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Staff Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer, USA (September 24, 1944)

1st Infantry Division patch (Wikimedia Commons)

Joseph Edward Schaefer was born on December 27, 1918 in Queens, New York. He was drafted for World War II service in the United States Army at age 23 on January 28, 1942.  Schaefer was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, also known as the “Fighting First” or simply “The Big Red One” for their division insignia.

I couldn’t determine when he joined the division, but as the 1st entered combat in North Africa on November 8, 1942, it’s possible he was with them. The 1st Infantry Division also fought on Sicily, and then was relocated to England on November 5, 1943 to prepare for the invasion of Europe.

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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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Captain Matt L. Urban, USA (June 14-September 3, 1944)

Blogger’s note: this post should properly have appeared on September 3, 2014 or before. Due to the long span of the citation of this Medal of Honor recipient, I missed it in the regular sequence of the World War II 70th anniversaries. I am sincerely sorry for this oversight of one week.

Matt Louis Urban was born with the surname Urbanowicz in Buffalo, New York on August 25, 1919. He graduated from Cornell University in 1941, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army upon graduation, having been an ROTC member. As an officer with the 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division throughout World War II in Europe, he became one of the most decorated soldiers in United States’ history.

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Technical Sergeant Francis J. Clark, USA (September 12 & 17, 1944)

Francis J. Clark was born in Whitehall, New York on April 22, 1912. He was drafted for war service in the United States Army on March 13, 1942 and his records indicate that he had completed just two years of high school, was employed as a skilled woodworker, and had once been married. He was assigned to the 109th Infantry Regiment, traditionally a unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard and part of the 28th Infantry Division.

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Second Lieutenant Stephen R. Gregg, USA (August 27, 1944)

Stephen Raymond Gregg was born in the New York City borough of The Bronx on September 1, 1914. He moved as an infant with his family to Bayonne, New Jersey where he grew up. Gregg likely could have avoided being drafted due to his employment as a shipyard welder in Kearny, New Jersey. He was inducted into the United States Army on February 9, 1942 in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entry into World War II.

At age 29, he was one of the oldest enlisted members of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division when they landed in Italy at Salerno in September 1943. Among his Company L comrades was Charles E. “Commando” Kelly, who received the Medal of Honor for his gallantry on September 13-14, 1943.

Stephen Gregg learned from Kelly how to be a one man army.

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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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