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.