2LT Cecil Olsen Olmstead Fuquay

2LT Cecil Olsen Olmstead Fuquay

Birth
Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida, USA
Death 24 Sep 1944 (aged 25)
Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Burial West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 5072017 · View Source
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Born in Melbourne, Florida & and raised West Palm Beach. The Great Grandson of James Huto Robarts, a Florida Pioneer, Seminole Indian Fighter, & Confederate Army Vet.

A graduate of Palm Beach High School Lt. Fuquay was a member of the famed 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment and one of only 13 men prominently mentioned in "The Four Stars of Hell" written by Lawrence Critchell. As described in the book, Lt. Fuquay was killed in the sand dune battle at Eerde, Holland, about 30 miles SW of Arnhem, Holland on Sep. 24, 1944.

The 501st was attached to the 101st Airborne Division during WWII. They made their first jump into Normandy in the early morning hours of D-Day, June 6, 1944. After combat in Normandy, they returned to England to prepare for the jump into Holland on September 17, 1944.

He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Silver Star and is listed in the
National World War II Registry

He was originally interred in the Netherlands American Cemetery and moved to West Palm Beach. FL in 1949. I attended this service and have 8mm film of some of it.


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2nd Lt.
501st Parachute Infantry
101st Airborne Division
World War II

Gravesite Details Cecil Fuquay was my Uncle. My Mother's brother.
  • Created by: Cecil Bingham
  • Added: 4 Oct 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 5072017
  • Herbert Rickards
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Cecil Olsen Olmstead Fuquay (10 Dec 1918–24 Sep 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 5072017, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Cecil Bingham (contributor 21543775) .