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GRAHAM, SAMUEL STANLEY (1895–1965). Samuel Stanley Graham, one of the most decorated officers of the Thirty-sixth Divisionqv during World War II, was born at Selma, Iowa, on November 16, 1895, the son of James Sherman and Lydia (Snode) Graham. Before World War II he served for many years as professor of agriculture at Sam Houston State College (now Sam Houston State University), Huntsville, Texas. Colonel Graham commanded the Second Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment, Thirty-sixth Division, and led it ashore at Salerno, Italy, on September 9, 1943. These were among the first Allied troops to land in Europe. He also served as a civil-affairs officer in the Far East during the Korean conflict. Graham's decorations included the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and Order of Suvorov (Russian). Graham died on July 17, 1965, at San Antonio and was buried in Huntsville.


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Robert L. Wagner

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