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"I'm proud of one thing…I didn't lose any lives." (Audio Interview, Part 2, 16:02)

   Joseph Stephen Acsai
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Joseph Acsai standing in front of a tent [undated photo]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 91st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 5th Army
Service Location: Africa; Sicily, Italy
Rank: First Lieutenant
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Joseph Acsai came by his commission as a 1st Lieutenant the hard way: on the battlefield. From the time he joined his platoon as a Sergeant, Acsai earned the respect of his men through his confidence and his occasional disregard of authority. When a new officer was assigned to Acsai's platoon, it was Sgt. Acsai to whom he turned for competent advice. Eventually, Acsai himself was promoted and placed in charge of his fellow soldiers. Having fought with them through Africa, Sicily, Anzio, Rome, and beyond, keeping every one of them alive, he inspired loyalty that would long outlast the war.

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 Audio (Interview Excerpts) (5 items)
General Patton and the Kotex. (02:15) First combat experience in Africa; an officer orders Sgt. Acsai to dig him a slit trench. (02:28) The bombing of Cassino. (02:13)
Navigating a minefield in Italy. (06:45) Winter fighting in Italy. (06:58) 
  
 Official Documents (2 items)
Unit History: 91st Reconnaissance Sqaudron Citation from the French Republic [February 20, 1986] 
  
 

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