WWII 1944. "When I first saw Malmedy I was impressed, there was no sign of human beings. We discovered a large house with farm outbuildings. In looking across the intersection It looked like many mounds of dirt but because of the deep snow I had no idea what they were. I found out later this was the location where the German SS, captured a large number of G.I.s, lined them up and mowed them down. The frozen bodies were the mounds I saw." - Capt. Bill Druckenmiller, 117th Infantry Regiment.
William Black was 12 years old when his hand was shattered by an exploding shell. While he is the youngest recorder soldier, he was not alone. Historians estimate that 5% of all soldiers were under 18 and some as young as 10.
During World War II, Private First Class Desmond Doss was a conscientious objector who refused to carry or touch a weapon. He served as a medic and was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1945 for his heroic action assisting injured soldiers near Urasoe-Mura, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. Photograph of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, 05/15/1945
[Photo] Soviet and US officers near Elbe River, Germany, 28 Apr 1945; note left Soviet officer's TT-33, center Soviet capt's Luger in belt, right US lieutenant's holstered Colt 1911 and in-hand Walther P38