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EAGLE BASE, Bosnia and Herzegovina — More than two dozen 35th Infantry Division soldiers stood at attention Monday as the division’s commander, Maj. Gen. Lloyd E. Krase, unveiled a sign at the small civil affairs building.

The building now bears the name of World War II Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Staff Sgt. James J. Spurrier — the first Santa Fe division soldier awarded the medal.

Spurrier, who won the medal for his actions during battle in Achain, France, served with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 134th Infantry Regiment.

“It’s important that soldiers understand the selfless service of soldiers that went before them — soldiers like Staff Sgt. Spurrier,” said Krase who was visiting Eagle Base from division headquarters at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. “It was so typical of the greatest soldiers, soldiers like we have here on Eagle Base.”

The only U.S. soldier with more decorations than Spurrier during WWII was 2nd Lt. Audie Murphy of the 3rd Infantry Division who received one more award.

The Santa Fe division is not the first to dedicate a building on base to one of its most notable soldiers. Others bear names of Murphy, Tech Sgt. Frank Peregory of 29th Infantry Division and Tech. Sgt. Francis J. Clark of 28th Infantry Division.

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