2nd platoon

Pfc Terry P. Moore of the 7th Infantry Division on Okinawa with a BAR, photographed by W. Eugene Smith for his story “24 Hours in the Life of a Soldier”. Pfc Moore, 23, was from Albuquerque, New Mexico. His unit was 2nd Platoon, Company F. 184th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.

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A team of paratroopers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, practice a tactical halt with the brigade’s new Light Tactical All Terrain Vehicle on Fort Pickett, Va., Feb. 26, 2015. The 1st Battalion, 325th AIR developed tactics, techniques and procedures for tactical movement with the new LTATVs. The battalion is currently assessing the LTATV as a platform to provide a rifle company with rapid mobility in support of airfield seizure operations.

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“Suddenly, from out of nowhere, a guy jumps out of the hedgerow, shoves a knife against his throat and screams, ‘Whose side are you on?’ lt’s D-Day.lt’s 2nd Platoon’s own Bill Guarnere. Old Gonorrhea himself. Just landed in Normandy and all wound up. 'Whose side?’ What a character.”

James Arness was just 20 years old when he and his unit were waiting at Fort Snelling for shipping overseas. He was a tall, powerfully built man. At 6 foot 7 inches he was the tallest man in the company. When his unit landed at Anzio, they used Arness as the depth finder. Being the first one out of the boat to gauge its depth. It reached his waist. His unit, 2nd Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, splashed ashore to take part in a prolonged battle against well entrenched German defenders in early January 1944.

Just a month later, Arness was nearly killed. He and his platoon were on a night recon. There was no moon as the men crept through a vineyard. Arness was on point because he had the most experience in night movement. It was so dark he couldn’t see a hand in front of his face. He suddenly heard a voice 50 feet in front of him, then came a scream and then fire. A MG-42 opened up and struck Arness in the lower right leg and the man next to him. Arness jumped over a vineyard and into a slight ditch as he was now caught in the crossfire. A moment later a potato masher hand grenade was thrown at him and the resulting explosion lifted him off the ground. Bleeding profusely, bone broken, and slipping into shock, Arness fought by keeping still and quiet until the enemy was forced to retreat. A medic found Arness and dressed his wounds. It would be a debilitating wound that would affect him for the rest of his life. He received an Honorable Discharge and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart along with the Combat Infantry Badge and service medals.

Sent stateside he went through a series of hospitals and many surgeries, but he would walk with a limp for the rest of his life. It is clear to see when he starred in the long running series, ‘Gunsmoke’. In fact, the wound continued to manifest to the point he had pain mounting a horse that in the latter seasons it doesn’t show him mounting a horse.

Down range…

United States Army Cpl. Jordan Lantz, a Garrett, Ind. native assigned to Weapons Squad, 2nd Platoon, Team Eagle, Task Force 2-7 Infantry, fires his M4 carbine during a Squad competition that involved German, Lithuanian and Portuguese armies at the Great Lithuanian Hetman Jonusas Radvila Training Regiment, in Rukla, Lithuania, May 27, 2015.  (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. James Avery, 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)