Note: In many cases where World War II Medal of Honor recipients are “stacked”, TFH is choosing to post some of their stories early. This is to prevent both writing crush and division of attention to these heroes!
Van Thomas Barfoot was born in Edinburg, Mississippi on June 15, 1919. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1940, and prior to the United States’ entry into World War II, served in the 1st Infantry Division.
He was promoted to Sergeant in December 1941, and assigned to an Army unit planning for amphibious assault tactics co-located with the United States Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. When that unit was disbanded, Barfoot was reassigned to the 157th Infantry Regiment of the 45th Infantry Division.