Fort Stewart held a ceremony honoring three war heroes who fought with the 3rd Infantry Division in three separate wars. Part of honoring these brave heroes is naming three gates after each one of them.
World War I veteran Capt. Jesse Wooldridge had been given a Distinguished Service Cross and World War II veteran Capt. Maurice “Footsie” Britt and Korean War veteran Cpl. Hiroshi H. “Hershey” Miyamura both received the Medal of Honor.
“In the future, as you drive in Wooldridge, Britt, or Miyamura Gates, take some time to remember these three incredible Dogface Soldiers. Think about what selfless service is truly all about and what service to our nation means.”Maj. Gen. Charles Costanza, commander of the 3rd ID
Capt. Wooldridge led a counterattack with less than 200 men against German soldiers. The regiment killed, wounded, and captured over 1,000 Germans.
The 189 soldiers had all but 51 injured, including Woolridge. He was shot in both the back and chest. He also had a neck wound from a bayonet.
For his bravery, he was given the Distinguished Service Cross. The award is the Army’s second-highest honor for heroism during combat.
Serving with the Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment during World War II. Capt. Britt was honored with the Silver Star and the Medal of Honor for his time in Mignano, Italy.
At the time, he was Lt. Britt. He led his men in “repelling a bitter counterattack” from 100 German soldiers. According to his Medal of Honor citation, while the fight was happening, his chest, face, and hands were “covered with grenade wounds.”
Britt had a gunshot wound in the side, and both his canteen and field glasses “were shattered.” Even with his injuries, he killed at least five and wounded many other enemy soldiers.
In the Korean War, Cpl. Miyamura and his company were attacked at night by enemy forces. He “unhesitatingly jumped from his shelter,” bayonet in hand, fighting off enemy soldiers, killing ten or more.
After the battle, he cared for and evacuated the wounded. When enemy forces struck again, he “manned his machine gun and delivered withering fire until his ammunition was expended.”
Miyamura told his team to retreat, but he stayed to render the machine gun useless, fighting off enemy forces with a bayonet. Before he ran out of ammunition, he killed 50 enemy soldiers.