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.
Max Thompson was born in Bethel, North Carolina on July 21, 1922. He was working in a paper mill when he was drafted into the United States Army on November 14, 1942 at age 20. His service began at Camp Croft, South Carolina.
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.