Melvin C. Biddle was a private first class with Company B of the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment during the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944 - January 1945) when he killed three snipers and destroyed several machine gun nests; Mike Colalillo was a private first class with the 1st Battalion of the 398th Infantry in Germany in April 1945 when he killed or wounded 25 Germans; Jack H. Lucas was a private first class with the 1st Battalion of the 5th Marine Division when on 20 February 1945 during the Battle of Iwo Jima he threw himself on top of two live grenades to protect his comrades, miraculously surviving although retaining about 200 bits of metal in his body for the rest of his life; George T. Sakato was a private with Company E of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team when on 29 October 1944 in France he rushed German troops by himself, inspiring his platoon to charge and destroy the enemy's position -- he alone killed twelve, wounded two and captured four; Paul J. Wiedorfer was a private with Company G of the 318th Infantry Regiment when on 25 December 1944 in Belgium he charged across forty yards of open ground to destroy two machine gun nests, taking six soldiers prisoner. Item #45816
PS, 8" X 10", n.p., n.y. Near fine. Glossy photograph of the State of Liberty, signed boldly by all five in black marker. Biddle adds "C.M.M. / PFC Co 'B' 517th P.I.R.," Colalillo adds "C.M.H.," Lucas adds "Medal of Honor / USMC," Sakato adds "E Co 442d RCT" and Wiedorfer adds "CMH / US Army WWII." A fine and unusual grouping.