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2Lt Argent Joseph Acosta Jr.

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2Lt Argent Joseph Acosta Jr.

Birth
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 27 Aug 1944 (aged 23)
Germany
Burial Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Plot Plot D Row 10 Grave 18
Memorial ID 56356808 View Source
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Son of Argent John and Josephine Mary (née Pesikey) Acosta.

Marriage 18 Nov 1942 • New Orleans city, Orleans, Louisiana - Rita Alma Cantrelle (1921–2008); one son Argent John Acosta.

Argent J. Acosta Jr., was born in 1921 in Orleans Parish, Louisiana. He flew the "Carolina Moon" – a P51D – serial #44-13936 as a member of the 383rd Fighter Squadron, 364th Fighter Group.

2LT Acosta was killed in action on August 27, 1944. He was survived by his wife Rita (née Cantrelle) Acosta, and a son, Argent John Acosta. He was awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, and buried at Plot D Row 10 Grave 18 at the Ardennes American Cemetery at Neupré (Neuville-en-Condroz), near Liège, Belgium.

Missing Air Crew Report #8319 noted the following information. First, quoting Bruce B. Wilson: "I was leading Yellow flight in which Lt. Acosta was flying Yellow four. We went on instruments shortly after making land fall. At approximately 1210 my element leader yelled, look out, I looked up from my instruments and saw a squadron of P-51's diving in to us. It was necessary to take violent evasion action to prevent a mid-air crash. I dropped the nose, losing my element and wingman." Thomas H. Hall Jr. stated: "I was flying yellow three position when I saw we were going into an overcast. I brought my element up tight. My wingman, Lt. Acosta, was flying good tight formation. Suddenly I saw a flight of P-51's diving through us and I yelled to break. My flight leader dived but I was unable to do so as my element would have had a mid-air collision, so I broke up and to the right. I realized I was on my own so started flying instruments. I called Lt. Acosta but failed to contact him from then on."

Sources: World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas; WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings; www.archives.gov.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Louisiana.


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  • Maintained by: Adriana
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56356808
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/56356808/argent-joseph-acosta : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Argent Joseph Acosta Jr. (21 Apr 1921–27 Aug 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56356808, citing Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium ; Maintained by Adriana (contributor 47328225) .