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Private Macario (Marcario) García, USA (November 27, 1944)

GarciaMarcarioMacario García (some sources say “Marcario”; the former is on his tombstone) was born on January 20, 1920 in Villa de Castaño, Mexico. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1924 and they settled in Sugar Land, Texas.

García was working as a farm hand and held only a grade-school education when he was drafted for service in the United States Army on November 11, 1942. He was not yet an American citizen. He was trained as an infantryman, and went to war with Company B, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.

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First Lieutenant Jack L. Knight, USA/TXNG (February 2, 1945)

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 Regimenton 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.

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Second Lieutenant Audie L. Murphy, USA (January 26, 1945)

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.

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Private First Class George B. Turner, USA (January 3, 1945)

George Benton Turner was born on June 27, 1899 in Longview, Texas. He first answered America’s call to service in 1918, when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps while a student at the Wentworth Military Academy in Missouri. Turner joined too late to see service overseas during World War I. After being released from the Marines, he settled in California.

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Private Pedro Cano, USA (December 2-3, 1944)

Pedro Cano was born on June 19, 1920 in La Morita, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. At two months old, he moved with his parents to Edinburg, Texas. Other details of his early life are sketchy, but it’s known he was married and had a daughter when he entered the United States Army for service during World War II. It’s likely he was drafted, but his enlistment record is lost to time. Regardless, he left his family to serve his adopted country; a country of which he was not yet a citizen.

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First Lieutenant Turney W. Leonard, USA (November 4-6, 1944)

USATurney White Leonard was born in Dallas, Texas on June 18, 1921. He was a member of the class of 1942 at Texas A&M University and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army via ROTC. Leonard was assigned to the Armor Branch.

He entered combat in Normandy in July 1944 with the 893rd Tank Destroyer Battalion. The 893rd was equipped with the M10 Gun Motor Carriage.

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Major Horace S. Carswell, Jr., USAAF (October 26, 1944)

Horace Seaver Carswell, Jr. was born in Fort Worth, Texas on July 18, 1916. He enlisted as an aviation cadet in the United States Army Air Corps in early 1940, and later that year received his pilot’s wings and his commission as a Second Lieutenant.

On October 26, 1944 as a Consolidated B-24 Liberator pilot with the United States Army Air Forces374th Bombardment Squadron of the 308th Bombardment Group, then-Major Carswell refused to abandon two members of his crew who couldn’t bail out of their damaged bomber over the South China Sea.

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Second Lieutenant James L. Harris, USA (October 7, 1944)

James Lindell Harris was born on June 27, 1916 in Hillsboro, Texas and was 24 years old when he was drafted into the United States Army on March 20, 1941 prior to the United States’ entry into World War II.  By October 7, 1944, Harris had risen to the rank of Second Lieutenant, having received a battlefield commission in March of that year. He was a tank platoon commander with the independent 756th Tank Battalion.

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First Lieutenant James H. Fields, USA (September 27, 1944)

James H. Fields was born in Caddo, Texas on July 26, 1920. He later lived in Houston, graduating from Lamar High School. Fields was drafted into the United States Army for World War II service on February 26, 1942 at age 21. He later received an officer’s commission in the Armor Branch.

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Staff Sergeant George D. Keathley, USA (September 14, 1944)

George Dennis Keathley was born on March 10, 1917 in Olney, Texas. He graduated from what is today known as Texas A&M University with their class of 1937. He entered the United States Army for World War II service in 1942. Keathley was an infantryman with Company B of the 1st Battalion, 338th Infantry Regiment.

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