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Two Brave "Van Doos"

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In February 1918, 20-year-old Private William Cleary, volunteered to join a raiding party headed for an enemy trench near Lens, France. After the raid, Cleary decided to return to the enemy position and, with help from three others, brought back two missing wounded men, who had previously been left behind. On August 15, 1917, the opening day of the Battle of Hill 70 in France, Private Joseph Roussin merited his medal for carrying out a successful solo attack against eight enemy soldiers.

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