Joining the Guard at 14 must have been a story in itself…...Day one of the Bulge?
Lt Lyle Bouck Jr. Found his platoon, the Intelligence and Recce Platoon of 394th Infantry Rgt (18 men, accompanied by 4 artillery observers) in Lanzerath, right in the path of the Germans. Held off a battalion for nigh on 24 hours, buggered up the German timetable, inflicted somewhere in the region of 100 German casualties before being finally outflanked and taken prisoner.
Because of their being taken PoW, the story of what the platoon did took years to properly emerge, and Bouck - and everyone else in the platoon - was decorated in 1981; Bouck getting a Distinguished Service Cross.
Not tricky to find a photo for someone to be representative of Day 1...