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Staff Sergeant Archer T. Gammon, USA (January 11, 1945)

The Nazi Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B, nicknamed by its makers as the Königstiger and by the Allies as the “King Tiger” or “Royal Tiger”, was one of the most intimidating presences on late World War II battlefields. Weighing nearly 77 tons with near-impregnable armor (for the day), an 88mm main cannon, and two machine guns, it was an unmatched force on the battlefield.

There’s no way one could be beat back by a single American infantryman, right?

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Technical Sergeant Frank D. Peregory, USA (June 8, 1944)

The 29th Infantry Division, a formation of the Virginia National Guard, was activated for Federal service in the descent to American involvement in World War II on February 3, 1941 – almost ten months before Pearl Harbor.

Frank D. Peregory was one of the guardsmen federalized with the division. He had been born on April 10, 1916 in Esmont, Virginia, and was a member of the 116th Infantry Regiment. As the division was filled out with draftees, the more experienced soldiers received promotions. The 116th Infantry was the lead unit of the 29th Division landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day. Peregory, then a Technical Sergeant (and likely a platoon sergeant), landed with Company K, 3rd Battalion at 0730 hours on June 6.

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First Lieutenant Jimmie W. Monteith, Jr., USA (June 6, 1944)

Jimmie Waters Monteith, Jr. was born in Low Moor, Virginia on July 1, 1917. He grew up in Richmond, and after graduating from high school, attended Virginia Tech for two years. He left college to take a job as a salesman with the Cabell Coal Company, where his father was a vice president.

Monteith was drafted into the United States Army on October 4, 1941 and immediately showed leadership traits, being promoted to Corporal while still in basic training. He was accepted into Officer Candidates’ School, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in March 1942.

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Technical Sergeant Ernest H. Dervishian, USA (May 23, 1944)

Retired United States Army Colonel Ernest H. Dervishian passed away at age 67 (Born August 10, 1916) thirty years ago today on May 20, 1984. He was laid to rest on May 23, 1984 in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia in the Westhampton Memorial Park.

Forty years to the day before that, Dervishian was a Technical Sergeant with the 133rd Infantry Regiment of the 34th Infantry Division as they began their attack to break out from the Anzio beachhead on May 23, 1944.

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TFH 5/11-14: First Lieutenant Robert T. Waugh, USA

It’s rare, but there are some Medal of Honor recipients who, incredibly, lack a back story. Knowledge of their lives before their service to the United States of America has been lost. Today’s honoree from 1944 is one of those men.

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