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Transcript of Jake Hyer
What did I do?
2d Lt. Zussman was in command of 2 tanks operating with an infantry company in the attack on enemy forces occupying the town of Noroy le Bourg, France. At 7 p.m., his command tank bogged down.In September 1941, Zussman joined the US Army. Before joining, Zussman was an instructor in street fighting at Fort Knox in Kentucky.
In June 1943, participated in the allied invasion of North Africa and after that the invasion of Italy. After being wounded at the battle of Monte Cassino in Italy, the Army offered Zussman a Headquarters position for his bravery.
By September 12, 1944, Zussman was serving as a second lieutenant, commanding tanks of the 756th Tank Battalion. On that day, during a battle in the city of Noroy-le-Bourg, France, Zussman repeatedly went forward alone to to scout enemy positions and exposed himself to enemy fire while directing his tank's action.
Throughout the ensuing action, armed only with a carbine, he reconnoitered alone on foot far in advance of his remaining tank and the infantry. Returning only from time to time to designate targets, he directed the action of the tank and turned over to the infantry the numerous German soldiers he had caused to surrender. He located a road block and directed his tanks to destroy it. Fully exposed to fire from enemy positions only 50 yards distant, he stood by his tank directing its fire.
Eleven German soldiers were killed and 15 surrendered. Going on alone, he disappeared around a street corner. The fire of his carbine could be heard and in a few minutes he reappeared driving 30 prisoners before him. Under 2d Lt. Zussman's heroic and inspiring leadership, 18 enemy soldiers were killed and 92 captured.
Ryan M. Pitts By Case Eastman
What Did I Do?
I was in a well organized Afghan force that had about 200 members. we were attacked and i was knocked to the ground and bleeding badly. I threw grenades and kept the enemy off the base.
Pitts was able to defend his base from afghan solders and radioed for help.
Pitts gave up his main weapon while in the fire to radio for help.
Pitts was able to radio for help while the attack to have air support while fighting.
Pitts was able to defend the post where the fallen american solders were being held.
A real man doesn't smile in pictures.