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    Default Peoria Area loses another WWII Vet

    This is why they call them the "Greatest Generation"
    Sgt Underwood served wth Co E, 145th IR, 37th ID. He served in the Pacific Theater including, Figi, Solomon Islands, New Georgia, & Luzon. During the retake of Manilla, 29 members of his Co were cutoff and isolated. They were under intensive mortar and small arms fire. Sgt Underwood could hear the yells for help from his comrades. So he and 3 of his close buddies took off toward the trapped comrades. Under continuous machine gun and small arms fire, they made trips back and forth to rescue the trapped men. It took them 2 1/2 hours to get all of them back. 19 wounded and 10 dead. All four of the rescuers were awarded the DSC. Sgt Underwood lived a quiet life as an Insurance salesman in a small town just a few miles North of Peoria. Very few people knew of his heroics during WWII. He died last Sun at the age of 91. He was the last of the 4 rescuers.
    RiP Sgt Underwood
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    R.I.P.

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    Rest In Peace Sargeant Underwood. Thankyou for your courage and example.
    "Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head." -Euripides

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    R.I.P Sgt. Underwood. Thank you.
    "American parachutists...devils in baggy pants...are less than 100 meters from my outpost line. I can't sleep at night; they pop up from nowhere and we never know when or how they will strike next. Seems like the black-hearted devils are everywhere..."
    taken from the diary of a German officer killed at Anzio

    PRO DEO ET PATRIA

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    R.I.P SGT, be assured we will never forget.
    "If you can't communicate, you can't command"
    Student: What if my main parachute doesn't open?
    Black Hat: You will immediately deploy your reserve parachute.
    Student: What if my reserve parachute doesn't open?
    Black Hat: You have the rest of your Airborne life to think about it.

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    R.I.P. SGT

    "Fortuna Favet Fortibus"
    "Nuclear is Different"

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