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Ross grew up in Strunk, Kentucky. He worked on a farm until he was 18. When he turned 18 he worked in a coal mine; he quit shortly after. After that he went to welding school. He was sent to Norfolk, Virginia to work in a shipyard to weld. He received notice that he was going to be drafted.Ross went to Cincinnati to be sworn in. He was then sent to Camp Wheeler, Georgia for basic training. In 1943 he was sent to Casablanca. He took part in rounding up Germans that were left behind in Tunisia. They trained on the ships in Africa for an eventual landing in Sicily. He landed in Sicily on July 10th, 1943. He recalls taking Salerno in Italy. He took Monte Cassino as well. Ross was wounded at Monte Cassino. They were pulled off of the line and trained for the landing at Anzio. When they landed on Anzio there was not much resistance but they did not have enough troops to hold. He recalls German artillery being very accurate. Ross had to go back to the hospital at one point for frozen feet. When he got back to the line they advanced and made up a lot of ground. After Anzio, they took Rome on the 5th of June, 1944. The Normandy invasion took place on the 6th. They were given garrison duty in Rome initially. They went back to Naples for more training. They ended up landing in Southern France. Ross was wounded in France. He went back to the front line within ten days of being wounded. He had taken a hill, but the Germans wanted it back. He and his men had to defend the hill. The Germans would launch smoke grenades before an attack. They did this nine times, and all nine times Ross and his men held them back. He stayed there for thirty six hours before he was relieved and recalls getting his choice of foxhole. F Company attacked the hill and got it back while Ross and his company were resting. Ross was put on break for a little bit. When he got back he found out he was being put up for the Medal of Honor. He was given his Medal of Honor at Hitler Stadium in Nuremburg on April 23rd, 1945. He was then sent to Paris and then sent stateside.


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