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“Courage Without Fear” – Johnson & Vlug (December 15, 1944)

The 126th Cavalry Regiment is presently a unit of the Michigan National Guard. During World War II, the regiment was an infantry unit, and was part of the United States Army‘s 32nd Infantry Division. The regimental motto is “Courage Without Fear” (Latin: Courage Sans Peur).

On December 15, 1944 in combat near Limon, Leyte in the Philippines, two of the regiment’s soldiers embodied the motto and received the Medal of Honor. They were Sergeant Leroy Johnson and Private First Class Dirk J. Vlug.

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Captain Robert B. Nett, USA (December 14, 1944)

Robert Burton Nett was born in New Haven, Connecticut on June 13, 1922. He enlisted in the Connecticut National Guard in 1940 while still 17 years old. He was activated for federal service with the United States Army on February 24, 1941 and attended Officer Candidate School during 1942 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.

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Private Lloyd G. McCarter, USA (February 16-19, 1945)

Lloyd G. McCarter was born in Saint Maries, Idaho on May 11, 1917. Very little is known about his life, and his enlistment record isn’t in those kept by the National Archives. From an article written years later by his commanding officer, Lieutenant William T. Calhoun, we do know that he had worked as a lumberjack in civilian life, had reached the rank of Sergeant in the artillery before volunteering for demotion to Private so he could attend jump school.

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Corporal Melvin Mayfield, USA #MedalOfHonor (July 29, 1945)

MayfieldMelvinMelvin Mayfield was born in Salem, West Virginia on March 24, 1919. He later moved to Ohio, and was living in Nashport when he was drafted into the United States Army on February 11, 1941. What would have been a single year’s service was extended indefinitely with America’s entry into World War II the following December.

Mayfield was a member of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division. The division deployed for service in the Pacific in July of 1943 and kept training until they first saw combat in the New Guinea campaign during June of 1944. After that campaign, they were sent to the Philippines.

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Private Lloyd G. McCarter, USA (February 16-19, 1945)

Lloyd G. McCarter was born in St. Maries, Idaho on May 11, 1917. He was a member of the Idaho National Guard who was federalized for service in the United States Army during World War II. He also volunteered for airborne training, and was a member of the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment. The 503rd’s combat jump onto the Philippine island of Corregidor on February 16, 1945 gave the regiment its nickname – “The Rock”, also the nickname of the island itself.

During the first four days of the battle on Corregidor, McCarter cemented himself as one of our nation’s greatest heroes and was awarded the Medal of Honor.

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WT1 Elmer C. Bigelow, USNR (February 14, 1945)

Elmer Charles Bigelow was born on July 12, 1920 in Hebron, Illinois. He volunteered and enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve during September 1942 and, after training, was posted as an active member of the United States Navy in the Pacific Fleet.

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Private First Class Manuel Pérez, Jr., USA (February 13, 1945)

Manuel Pérez, Jr. was born on March 3, 1923 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He grew up living with his father in Chicago, Illinois. His enlistment record is not one preserved by the National Archives, but by February 13, 1945, Pérez was a Private First Class in the United States Army‘s Company A, 1st Battalion, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division.

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“We’ll Do It!”: Chicchetti, Reese, and Rodríguez (February 9, 1945)

The motto of the United States Army‘s 148th Infantry Regiment is “We’ll do it”. Seventy years ago today on February 9, 1945 as part of the 37th Infantry Division during the Battle of Manila in the Philippines, three soldiers of the regiment’s 1st Battalion did their duty above and beyond the normal call and received the Medal of Honor for their heroic deeds.

They were Privates First Class Joseph J. Cicchetti and John N. Reese, Jr., and Private Cleto Rodríguez. All three men were 21 years old.

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Master Sergeant Charles L. McGaha, USA (February 7, 1945)

Charles L. McGaha was born in Cosby, Tennessee on February 26, 1914. He tried to enlist in the United States Navy in October 1937 but was turned away because the recruiter he visited had already met his quotas. The United States Army did want him, and he was posted as a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment of the Hawaiian Division.

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Second Lieutenant Robert M. Viale, USA (February 5, 1945)

Robert M. Viale was born in Bayside, California on April 21, 1916. He was a member of the California National Guard who was federalized for service in the United States Army on March 3, 1941 in the days before our entry into World War II. What would have been a one-year call-up obviously became much longer.

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