Pvt. William Elwood Blacketer was born on April 5, 1919, in Mackville, Kentucky, to Elmer Blacketer and Hattie Shewmaker-Blacketer. With his three sisters and seven brothers, he grew up at 461 Hardin Avenue, Harrodsburg, Kentucky. He did odd jobs to
S/Sgt. David Edward Karlson was born on November 25, 1919, in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, to Karl Karlson and Hilda Anderson-Karlson and had six sisters and three brothers. His parents with three of his siblings immigrated to the United States
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