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Lieutenant Colonel Robert G. Cole, USA (June 11, 1944)

Robert George Cole was born on March 19, 1915 at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. His father was a doctor in the United States Army. Cole himself enlisted in the Army on July 1, 1934 and was honorably discharged about one year later to become a cadet at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Cole graduated West Point with the class of 1939 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the infantry branch. In early 1941, he volunteered for the nascent airborne force, and earned his parachute jump wings in March of that year. With the United States’ entry into World War II, advancement in the airborne was rapid.

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TFH Live, June 9th: A D-Day Tribute

Last Friday, June 6th, was the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of France at Normandy and the opening of the “second front” against Hitler and Germany in World War II.

Monday’s Their Finest Hour program (June 9) on Vigilant Liberty Radio, starting at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific, is a tribute and is dedicated to, the thousands of men of the Allied Expeditionary Force who executed Operation Overlord, and the other countless thousands of men and women who made it possible. UPDATE: REPLAY ADDED!

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Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., USA (June 6, 1944)

Theodore Roosevelt III, known usually as “Junior” and “Ted” to his friends and family, was born on September 13, 1887 in Cove Neck, Oyster Bay, New York. Ted’s father was Theodore Roosevelt, at the time Assistant Secretary of the Navy and later the Governor of New York, the 25th Vice President, and the 26th President of the United States.

Ted Roosevelt served throughout his life in both the public and private sector. He served as a Presidential appointee as Governor of Puerto Rico (1929-1932) and Governor General of the Philippines (1932-1933). He even had held one of the same offices as his father: Assistant Secretary of the Navy (1921-1924). He was an elected member of the New York State Assembly in 1920-21. In the private sector, he was both the Chairman of the Board of American Express and a Vice President at Doubleday books.

Ted Roosevelt was also a military hero, serving with distinction and valor in both World War I and World War II.

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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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