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Beryl Newman

Beryl Richard Newman was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War II as a first lieutenant in the United States Army. He was a native of Wisconsin. During World War II, he served with 34th Infantry Division. Near Cisterna, Italy on May 26, 1944, Newman and his platoon approached a German machine gun emplacement on the Anzio-Nettuno defense line. Newman, scouting ahead of his platoon, remained standing under enemy fire to ascertain the positions of the emplacements. Noting them, he proceeded to lead a machine gun unit from his platoon to a position from which they could open fire on the Germans. However, the fire was ineffective. Newman single-handedly advanced on the two machine gun nests, wounding two Germans and causing the other two to flee. Three more Germans came rushing forward to another nest. Newman and his platoon took eleven prisoners, he was awarded the Medal of Honor by General Order #5 on January 15, 1945. He retired from the service with the rank of captain.

He is buried in Virginia. He is one of 61 Wisconsinites to be awarded the Medal of Honor, one of twenty members of the 34th Infantry Division to be so honored. Newman's official Medal of Honor citation reads: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on 26 May 1944. Attacking the held German Anzio-Nettuno defense line near Cisterna, Italy, 1st Lt. Newman, in the lead of his platoon, was fired upon by 2 enemy machineguns located on the crest of a hill about 100 yards to his front; the 4 scouts with him hit the ground, but 1st Lt. Newman remained standing in order to see the enemy positions and his platoon about 100 yards behind. Locating the enemy nests, 1st Lt. Newman called back to his platoon and ordered 1 squad to advance to him and the other to flank the enemy to the right. Still standing upright in the face of the enemy machinegun fire, 1st Lt. Newman opened up with his tommygun on the enemy nests. From this range, his fire was not effective in covering the advance of his squads, 1 squad was pinned down by the enemy fire.

Seeing that his squad was unable to advance, 1st Lt. Newman, in full view of the enemy gunners and in the face of their continuous fire, advanced alone on the enemy nests, he succeeded in wounding a German in each of the nests. The remaining 2 Germans fled from the position into a nearby house. Three more enemy soldiers came out of the house and ran toward a third machinegun. 1st Lt. Newman, still relentlessly advancing toward them, killed 1 before he reached the gun, the second before he could fire it; the third fled for his life back into the house. Covering his assault by firing into the doors and windows of the house, 1st Lt. Newman, boldly attacking by himself, called for the occupants to surrender to him. Gaining the house, he went inside. Although armed with rifles and machine pistols, the 11 Germans there intimidated, surrendered to the lieutenant without further resistance, 1st Lt. Newman, single-handed, had silenced 3 enemy machineguns, wounded 2 Germans, killed 2 more, took 11 prisoners.

This demonstration of sheer courage and willingness to close with the enemy in the face of such heavy odds, instilled into these green troops the confidence of veterans and reflects the highest traditions of the U. S. Armed Forces. List of Medal of Honor recipients for World War II "Newman's MOH Citation". Retrieved September 24, 2010. "Photo of Newman's Grave". Retrieved September 24, 2010

Albert Serra Figueras

Albert Serra Figueras is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, the manager of CE Besalú. Born in Banyoles, Catalonia, Serra started his professional career at local UE Figueres in 2000 becoming a regular for the third division team. After five seasons, he moved to neighbours Girona FC in the fourth level. Girona promoted in 2007, climbed yet another division in the next year, with Serra playing 33 matches, he maintained first-choice status in the following campaign, in the second tier, but the club decided not to renew the player's deal, he moved to another side in that level, Levante UD. After one single season, where he featured in less than half of the matches as the Valencians returned to La Liga, the 32-year-old Serra rejoined Girona. In 2011 he signed for UE Olot in his native region, where he played out the remainder of his career. Albert Serra at BDFutbol Albert Serra at Soccerway