click here Rufus Geddie Herring was born in Roseboro, North Carolina on June 11, 1921. After graduating from Davidson College in the spring of 1942, he enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve, was sent to the Midshipman’s School in New York, and commissioned as an Ensign in December, 1942.
Ray Edward Eubanks was born on February 6, 1922 in Snow Hill, North Carolina. He voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army on June 10, 1939 at age seventeen for a three-year hitch. His enlistment was obviously extended by World War II.
Eubanks later volunteered for airborne training, and after receiving his jump wings, was placed with the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment and sent to fight the Japanese in the South Pacific.