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Technical Sergeant Frank D. Peregory, USA (June 8, 1944)

The 29th Infantry Division, a formation of the Virginia National Guard, was activated for Federal service in the descent to American involvement in World War II on February 3, 1941 – almost ten months before Pearl Harbor.

Frank D. Peregory was one of the guardsmen federalized with the division. He had been born on April 10, 1916 in Esmont, Virginia, and was a member of the 116th Infantry Regiment. As the division was filled out with draftees, the more experienced soldiers received promotions. The 116th Infantry was the lead unit of the 29th Division landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day. Peregory, then a Technical Sergeant (and likely a platoon sergeant), landed with Company K, 3rd Battalion at 0730 hours on June 6.

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Technician 5th Grade John J. Pinder, Jr., USA (June 6, 1944)

John J. Pinder, Jr. was born outside Pittsburgh in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania on June 6, 1912. When he was drafted into the United States Army on January 27, 1942, he was a minor league baseball player.

Pinder’s 32nd birthday was D-Day, June 6, 1944. He celebrated by hitting Omaha Beach in the initial assault waves with the 1st Infantry Division‘s 16th Infantry Regiment.

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First Lieutenant Jimmie W. Monteith, Jr., USA (June 6, 1944)

Jimmie Waters Monteith, Jr. was born in Low Moor, Virginia on July 1, 1917. He grew up in Richmond, and after graduating from high school, attended Virginia Tech for two years. He left college to take a job as a salesman with the Cabell Coal Company, where his father was a vice president.

Monteith was drafted into the United States Army on October 4, 1941 and immediately showed leadership traits, being promoted to Corporal while still in basic training. He was accepted into Officer Candidates’ School, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in March 1942.

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Private Carlton W. Barrett, USA (June 6, 1944)

Carlton William Barrett was born on November 24, 1919 in Fulton, New York. He enlisted voluntarily in the United States Army on October 29, 1940, about one month before his twenty-first birthday. In civilian life, Barrett had left school after his sophomore year in high school and had been working as a cook.

Little information is available about Barrett’s military experience prior to being part of the 18th Regimental Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

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