Charles H. Coolidge was born on August 4, 1921 in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. A high school graduate, he was drafted about seven weeks before his 21st birthday on June 16, 1942. Coolidge was assigned to the United States Army‘s 36th Infantry Division and fought in both Italy and France.
Troy A. McGill was born on July 15, 1917 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He later lived in Oklahoma, and it was from that state that he enlisted in the United States Army on November 6, 1940 at age 23. He was put into the Army’s cavalry branch, and became a member of the 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.
Paul Bert Huff was born in Cleveland, Tennessee on June 23, 1918. He was drafted into the United States Army on June 27, 1941, prior to the United States’ entry into World War II. Huff was one of the earliest volunteers for the fledgling Army Paratroopers and was placed into the 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
Huff participated in three combat jumps – two in North Africa, one at Salerno in Italy – before landing at Anzio, Italy not by parachute, but by amphibious assault on January 22, 1944. About two weeks later, then Corporal Huff volunteered to lead a patrol to probe the Nazi defenses and determine the location of an enemy unit threatening the Americans’ flank. Continue reading TFH 2/8: Corporal Paul B. Huff, USA