Charles G. Shepherd, Jr.
First Lieutenant Charles G. Shepherd, Jr. was commissioned and infantry Officer from Officer Candidate School, 28 December 1943. His initial assignment was Platoon leader, Company K, 347th Infantry, 87th Infantry Division. | Later assignments led to Commanding Officer, Company K, 121st Infantry, 8th Division. He participated in five major campaigns in the European Theater, earning the Combat Infantryman Badge. Twice wounded, he received two purple hearts, two bronze stars and the French Croix de Guerre. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 2 April 1945 in the vicinity of Siegen, Germany. Under enemy fire he covered his men as he ordered them to a better position. Despite a serious wound, Lieutenant Shepherd led his men into a heavy firefight in which the enemy was eliminated without any losses under his command. | Retiring from active duty at the end of World War II due to his disability, First Lieutenant Shepher had a distinguished career as an insurance executive and community leader.