Michael « Black Mike » B. Kauffman

Early years and education Myer Kauffman was born 4 August 1913 in Newcastle, England. He and his family left Great-Britain for Canada the same year. His family settled down in Vermont, USA, and his mother died when she gave birth when he was 8. His father then decided to leave him in a host family in New York City, with his sister and two brothers. He saw his father only once after that. He was […]

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November 8th, 1942: When the 9th Infantry Division entered War

Context On 8 November 1942, the first American ground troops started the fight against Nazism in the European-Middle Eastern Theater of Operation. A large scale landing is planned to happen on the coasts of North Africa, from the western coast of Morocco to the eastern part of Algeria. This coordinated operation has never been tempted before, on such a large scale. Approximately 2,000 km separate the most distant points, and three task forces are to […]

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Quentin R. Hardage

Quentin Rosevelt Hardage was born on 30 May 1919 in Madden, Mississipi. He was born and raised in a small farm. Addie, his mother, ran a general store there and his father, Elisha, was helping his mother at the store and was working at the farm as well. They had five children: Cecil (the older sister, born in 1907 and died in 2007), Laverne (born in 1913 and died in 1999), Edward (born in 1916 and died in […]

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Charles Scheffel

Charles Scheffel Jr. was born on 17 June 1919 in Enid, Oklahoma. His father, Charles Sr., emigrated from Germany in the end of 19th Century, and enlisted the U.S. Army to earn the American citizenship. He took part to the Spanish-American War. After his discharge, he settled down in Oklahoma in 1918. A year when thousands of young Americans were dying in the trenches of Europe, and he met his wife, Selma Amelia Ekdol, a grand-daughter […]

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Peter J. Dalessandro (MoH)

Peter J. Dalessandro was born on 19 May 1918 and passed away on 15 October 1997. He was Technical-Sergeant (Platoon Sergeant) of 1st Platoon – Easy Company – 39th Infantry. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions of 22 December 1944, near Kalterherberg, in Germany. Peter when in Fort Bragg, photo taken from the Yearbook As Platoon Sergeant, he was given the task to secure an important crossroad on the high ground […]

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The Fifth Platoon: Negro volunteers within E Company, 60th Infantry

The condition of the Afro-American soldiers within the U.S. Army has always been subject to studies, and their effort to join the fight is now well-known. There are some famous units such as 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (which was never deployed) or the “Red Tails” (332nd Fighter Group) in the USAAF, and on a larger scale, the 92nd Infantry Division in Italy. However, these frontline units were kind of exceptional, since the U.S. Army wasn’t […]

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Lawrence « Larry » Faulkner

Enlistment and first campaigns Faulkner was born on June 9th, 1921 in Kentucky. At 17 (1938), he enlisted in the Army at Fort Thomas, and was assigned to Item company, 10th Infantry Division. In 1940, he is transferred to Fort Bragg and is affected to Fox Company, 39th Infantry Regiment as a rifle squad leader. Soon, he earned the function of platoon sergeant. He is then transferred at Easy Company because of some trouble he […]

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One day for two heroes in Renouf, Normandy

On 14 June 1944, two men had rendezvous with destiny. One sacrificed himself for his men, while another one captured 85 German soldiers. Their destiny had in common to save numerous lives. These heroes were Staff-Sergeant Paul E. Alexander, and First-Lieutenant Joseph L. Rappazini, both members of the 60th Infantry Regiment. On 10 June 1944, the first elements of the 9th Infantry Division landed on Utah Beach (Colonel Flint’s 39th Infantry Regiment) to be attached […]

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