LTC Robert E. Kelso of San Antonio, TX, served in the Army during World War II, and was the youngest known Soldier injured in that conflict. With his recruiter unaware of his real age, Kelso entered service at age 13 and was injured by a German bayonet at 14. He received the Purple Heart for his injury. It was this experience that prompted Kelso to say, "Been there, done that."
Not audi Murphy Who joined when he was 18 received his first medal in the Bronze Star
Date Earned:2 March 1944 (1st Award) when he was almost 20
Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1924 – May 28, 1971
Murphy had long dreamed of joining the military. After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Murphy tried to enlist in the military, but the services rejected him because he was underage.
Murphy tried once again to enlist[when?] but was declined by the Marines and the Army paratroopers as too short and underweight at 5 feet 5.5 inches (166.4 cm) and 110 pounds (50 kg). The Navy also turned him down for being underweight.
The United States Army finally accepted him and he was inducted at Greenville and sent to Camp Wolters, Texas for basic training.
During a session of close order drill, he passed out. His company commander tried to have him transferred to a cook and bakers' school but Murphy insisted on becoming a combat soldier, and after 13 weeks of basic training, he was sent to Fort Meade, Maryland for advanced infantry training.
Murphy still had to "fight the system" to get overseas and into action. His persistence paid off, and in early 1943 he was shipped out to Casablanca, Morocco as a replacement in 3rd Platoon, Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.Murphy saw no action in Africa, but instead participated in extensive training maneuvers along with the rest of the 3rd Division. His combat initiation finally came when he took part in the invasion of Sicily on July 10, 1943. making Audi 21
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