Joe Pinder (right), a pitcher who bounced around in the minors prior to the war, enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1941. Pinder saw action in North Africa and Sicily before serving as a technician fifth grade on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. Shot twice, once in the head and once in the leg, Pinder continued to fight and get the radios set up and operational. Pinder, however, would not survive the morning. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, becoming only one of a dozen Americans to be awarded the medal at Normandy. (Soldiers & Sailors Museum & Memorial Trust, INC. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)