Denver Randleman was born in Rector, Arkansas on 20 November 1920, and he dropped out of high school to work in a foundry in Michigan during the Great Depression. Randleman enlisted in the US Army on 19 August 1942, serving in Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, US 506th Infantry Regiment. He fought in Operation Overlord and Operation Market Garden, in which he suffered a shrapnel wound to the shoulder and hid in a barn until his unit located him. Randleman survived to the end of the war, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He became superintendent of a construction contractor in Louisiana, and he died of a staph infection in Texarkana, Arkansas in 2003 at the age of 82.