Jack Llewellyn Knight was born on May 29, 1917 in Garver, Texas. He was a member of the Texas National Guard and was federalized for United States Army service with his unit – Troop F, 2nd Squadron, 124th Cavalry Regiment – on November 18, 1940. The 124th Cavalry was the last horse-mounted cavalry unit of the Army, and for much of the early years of World War II, was deployed for border security (imagine that!) between Texas and Mexico.
Audie Leon Murphy was born on June 20, 1925 in Kingston, Texas. He was the seventh of twelve children in a family abandoned by their father during his childhood. Murphy left school after the fifth grade and was orphaned with the death of his mother in 1941.
After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, he attempted to enlist in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, but was rejected by all three as being both under age and underweight.
In June of 1942, with the help of an older sister who falsified his age by one year, he enlisted in the United States Army at age 17. At the time, the Army recorded him as just 5 feet, 5 1/2 inches tall and 112 pounds.
Might comes in small packages, so it was later shown.
Ellis R. Weicht was born on April 17, 1916 in Clearville, Pennsylvania. He was a farm hand in Bedford, Pennsylvania when he was drafted for service in the United States Army in the early days of America in World War II on February 5, 1942.
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.
Dale Eldon Christensen was born in Cameron Township, Iowa on May 31, 1920. He was living in California when he volunteered for service with the United States Army on October 15, 1940. His enlistment was in the Medical Corps for assignment to the Philippine Department.
His wartime service wasn’t in medicine however or in the Philippines. He was later commissioned as an officer and led men in combat as a platoon leader with Troop E, 2nd Squadron, 112th Cavalry Regiment.
Homer Lee Wise was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on February 27, 1917. He volunteered and enlisted in the United States Army on September 10, 1941 for a three-year term. Three years, which would be extended by World War II.