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Old 20 June 2022, 18:36
osubuckeye762 osubuckeye762 is offline
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A great honor and tribute for a great man.

I read a couple of biographies about him and he seemed like such a great guy.

He was one of a family of ten children. Born in Buffalo, New York, on 4 November 1916, he went to St. Bernard Parochial School in Raritan and enlisted in the Army at the age of 18. After completing his three-year enlistment he came home and went to work as a truck driver in Reisterstown, Maryland.

In July 1940 he enlisted in the Marine Corps in Baltimore, Maryland. Before going to the Solomon Islands he saw service at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in addition to training at the Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia; Parris Island, South Carolina; and New River (Later Camp Lejeune), North Carolina

He is also the only enlisted Marine in WW2 to be awarded both the Medal of Honor and Navy Cross.
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