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    Corporal Jake Allex - At a critical point in the action, when all the officers with his platoon had become casualties, Corporal Allex took command of the platoon and led it forward until the advance was stopped by fire from a machinegun nest. He then advanced alone for about 30 yards in the face of intense fire and attacked the nest. With his bayonet he killed 5 of the enemy, and when it was broken, used the butt of his rifle, capturing 15 prisoners. August 9, 1918

    Corporal Thomas Pope - His company was advancing behind the tanks when it was halted by hostile machinegun fire. Going forward alone, he rushed a machinegun nest, killed several of the crew with his bayonet, and, standing astride his gun, held off the others until reinforcements arrived and captured them. July 4, 1918

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    Peter Strasser (1 April 1876 – 6 August 1918) was chief commander of German Imperial Navy Zeppelins during World War I, the main force operating bombing campaigns from 1915 to 1917. He was killed when flying the war's last airship raid over Great Britain.

    Sergeant Willie Sandlin - He advanced alone directly on a machinegun nest which was holding up the line with its fire. He killed the crew with a grenade and enabled the line to advance. Later in the day he attacked alone and put out of action 2 other machinegun nests. September 26, 1918

    Sergeant George Tinsley Thompson 3rd (Auckland) Mounted Rifles, New Zealand Mounted Rifle Brigade, Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Mounted Division Sergeant Thompsons service number was 13/144. He was killed in action at Gallipoli in on 7 August 1915 aged 24. Presented by Mrs Margerison on 8 September 1919.

    Cpl. Charles Abrell was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on June 10, 1951 at Hwachon, Korea. While advancing against enemy hill positions, his platoon under heavy fire, and after being wounded twice during a single-handed assault against an enemy bunker, he pulled the pin from a hand grenade and hurled himself into the bunker, killing the enemy gun crew and himself in the explosion.

    George Dennis Keathley - Olney, TX, Texas A & M: (March 10, 1917–September 14, 1944) was a staff sergeant in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War II.Keathley was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on March 29, 1945. Keathley's Medal of Honor is on display at Texas A Sanders Corps of Cadets Center. The medal was donated to the museum by his family on July 17, 2009. Also at Texas A & M is the Keathley Hall dormitory, named in his honor

    Eli Lamar Whiteley - Georgetown, TX , Texas A: (December 10, 1913 – December 2, 1986) was a Captain in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Sigolsheim, France during World War II. By his disregard for personal safety, his aggressiveness while suffering from severe wounds, his determined leadership and superb courage, 1st Lt. Whiteley killed 9 Germans, captured 23 more and spearheaded an attack which cracked the core of enemy resistance in a vital area.

    August von Mackensen 'Quite possibly the greatest hat worn during the Great War'.

    German Jewish soldiers including military doctor Max Scherk gathered for a World War I Yom Kippur service outdoors in a forest

    Captain George Mallon - Led nine men in attacking a battery of four howitzers, rushing the position and capturing the battery and its crew. He personally attacked 1 of the enemy with his fists. Later, when they came upon 2 more machineguns, he sent men to the flanks while he rushed forward in the face of the fire and silenced the guns. His actions resulted in the capture of 100 prisoners, 11 machineguns, four howitzers and 1 antiaircraft gun. September 26, 1918

    First Sergeant Sidney Gumpertz - When the advancing line was held up by machinegun fire, 1st Sgt. Gumpertz left the platoon of which he was in command and started with two other soldiers through a heavy barrage toward the machinegun nest. His two companions soon became casualties from bursting shells, but 1st Sgt. Gumpertz continued on alone in the face of direct fire from the machinegun, jumped into the nest and silenced the gun, capturing 9 of the crew. September 29, 1918

    Thomas Weldon Fowler (October 31, 1921 – June 3, 1944) - Wichita Falls, TX,Texas A: a United States Army officer, and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War II. On May 23, 1944 he led the 191st Tank Battalion in a combined armor-infantry attack near Carano in the Anzio Beachhead Italy. Eleven days later, Lieutenant Fowler was killed in action. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on October 28, 1944, for his actions during the battle near Carano.

    Lloyd Herbert "Pete" Hughes, Jr., Texas A: (July 12, 1921 – August 1, 1943), a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Army Air Forces who received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions in Operation Tidal Wave during World War II.Eight months after he was killed in action, on April 18, 1944, Hughes' Medal of Honor was. 1st of 7 Texas A alumni to receive the medal for actions during World War II. 3/20/2009, his family loaned the medal to the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center at Texas A.

    World War II Pacific Service Medal - Smithsonian Museum of Natural History - 2012-05-15 by dctim1, via Flickr

    Sergeant York - After his platoon suffered heavy casualties and 3 other noncommissioned officers had become casualties, then-Corporal York assumed command. Fearlessly leading 7 men, he charged with great daring a machine gun nest which was pouring deadly and incessant fire upon his platoon. In this heroic feat the machine gun nest was taken, together with 4 officers and 128 men and several guns. As well as being awarded the Medal, he became a national hero. October 8, 1918

    Pfc. Thomas Eugene Atkins was born in 1921 in South Carolina. In March 1945, he found himself with 2 other GIs in a foxhole on a ridge outside his platoon's perimeter defense in the Philippines when two companies of Japanese attacked with rifle and machine-gun fire, grenades and TNT charges. Private Atkins was wounded in the hip, leg and back, and the two soldiers alongside him were killed. Despite pain from deep wounds, Atkins returned heavy fire and repulsed the first attack, and then, instead of retreating to the rear lines for medical aid, remained in his position. An enemy machine gun, set up within 20 yards of his foxhole, blazed away as the Japanese continued their assault. Private Atkins held them off, firing 400 rounds from his own rifle and those of the two dead soldiers beside him. At 7 A.M., four hours after the firefight began, 13 Japanese soldiers lay dead in front of his position. By then, all three of Private Atkins's rifles had jammed, so during a lull he withdrew to get another rifle and more ammunition. He was persuaded to remain for medical treatment, but when he spotted a Japanese soldier within the platoon's lines, he grabbed a rifle and killed him. A few minutes later, while lying on a litter, Private Atkins saw a group of enemy soldiers moving up behind the platoon's lines. He sat up and delivered heavy rifle fire, which forced the Japanese to withdraw. As a result of Private Atkins's action, the platoon was able to hold its lines although outnumbered. He survived the war, returned to South Carolina, and had a family, including 8 grandkids. He died in 1999 at the age of 78.

    John Baca was born on January 10, 1949 in Providence, Rhode Island, and was raised in San Diego, California. Baca was drafted into the United States Army on June 10, 1968. By February 10, 1970, he was stationed in Vietnam as a Specialist Four with Company D of the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. On that day, in Phuoc Long Province, he was serving on a recoilless rifle team when the lead platoon of his company was ambushed. Baca led his team forward through intense fire to reach the besieged platoon. When a fragmentation grenade was tossed into their midst, he "unhesitatingly, and with complete disregard for his own safety," covered it with his helmet and then laid his body over the helmet, smothering the blast and saving eight fellow soldiers from severe injury or death. He currently lives in quiet solitude in Julien, CA. At this writing he is 66 years old.

    Gunnery Sergeant Ernest Janson saw 12 of the enemy, armed with 5 light machineguns, advancing toward his position. He rushed them, bayoneted the 2 leaders, and forced the others to flee, abandoning their guns. His quick action drove the enemy from a position from which they could have swept the hill with machinegun fire and forced the withdrawal of US troops. June 6, 1918

    World War I in the trenches.