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He wanted to join the Marines, but he was too short. The paratroopers wouldn’t…

He Was Just 16 But He Became the Most Decorated WWII Soldier

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American assault forces hurdle over the side of a Coast Guard LCI into a landing barge, which will bring them into the fight to liberate France, during the Allied invasion of the Normandy, in June 1944. (AP Photo)

American assault forces hurdle over the side of a Coast Guard LCI into a landing barge, which will bring them into the fight to liberate France, during the Allied invasion of the Normandy, in June 1944. (AP Photo)

Soldiers taking direct hits from a German machine gunner as the ramp drops down for  unloading.

Soldiers taking direct hits from a German machine gunner as the ramp drops down for unloading.

Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 1944. USS Princeton (CVL-23) burning, but still underway, about 20 minutes after she was hit by a Japanese air attack, 24 October 1944. Photographed from USS South Dakota (BB-57).

Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 1944. USS Princeton (CVL-23) burning, but still underway, about 20 minutes after she was hit by a Japanese air attack, 24 October 1944. Photographed from USS South Dakota (BB-57).

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