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    Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr and his "Rough Rider" jeep in Italy, January 1944.

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    General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr was one of the first soldiers off his landing craft as he led the U.S. 4th Infantry Division's 8th Infantry Regiment and 70th Tank Battalion landing at Utah Beach on D-Day. Like his father, Teddy Roosevelt, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. They are one of only two father-son recipients of the Medal of Honor. (The other father-son combo is Arthur MacArthur and Douglas MacArthur.)

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Despite a heart condition and arthritis that forced him to use a cane, Brig. General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. led the assault on Utah Beach, landing with the first wave of troops. He died in France less than a month later of a heart attack.

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Thomas G. Kelley -- Navy Lt. in command of River Assault Division 152. On 6/15/69 he led 8 boats to extract a company on the Ong Muong Canal of Kien Hoa, when 1 carrier malfunctioned. They came under fire while trying to repair the boat. He caught rocket shrapnel on his head but relayed orders until the carrier was repaired, enemy silenced and all underway. He remained on active duty, even after losing an eye, retired a Captain in 1990. President Nixon awarded his MOH.

Soldiers of the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, move over a seawall on Utah Beach during the Allied Invasion of Europe

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WWI: Brigadier- General J.V. Campbell (on bridge) congratulates soldiers of the 46th (North Midland) Division at Riqueval after their successful crossing of the St. Quentin Canal. - Found via Buzzfeed

Le général Leclerc, commandant de la 2è DB et son état-major sont accueillis à leur arrivée sur la plage d'Utah Beach par le Maj. Gen. Walton H. Walker, commandant du XX US Corps.

Utah Beach, carrying troops of the 8th infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. 6 june 1944.