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Over 6,000 people turned out to welcome home Technical Sgt. Max Thompson of the Dix Creek section of Haywood County. Glenn describes Thompson's actions on the day and night of October 18, 1944, when the Germans were breaking through at Harren, Germany, and his heroic efforts stopped them single-handedly. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Rufus Geddie Herring of Roseboro in Sampson County is North Carolina's only Navy Medal of Honor recipient in World War II. He received the medal for action during the pre-invasion of Iwo Jima. Ripley's article describes the action and also includes Herring's Medal of Honor Citation, which was signed by President Truman.
Pharmacists Mate Second Class William D. Halyburton, Jr., of Wilmington, is the state's other recipient of the Navy Medal of Honor during World War II. He was assigned to the 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division and was killed in action May 15, 1945 while saving the life of a wounded Marine at the battle of Okinawa's Wana Draw.