SSgt Maurice M LeClair

SSgt Maurice M LeClair

New York, USA
Death 1 Jan 1945 (aged 28)
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot B Row 33 Grave 19
Memorial ID 56373727 · View Source
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Next of kin noted as Mrs. Mary G. LeClair who resided in New York City, New York.

Maurice served as a Staff Sergeant, Company E, 71st Infantry Regiment, 44th Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in New York County, New York and was a member of the New York National Guard prior to the war.

He was called into active Army service on September 16, 1940 from his Guard Unit in New York City, New York. He was noted, at that time, as being employed as a Office Clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

Maurice was "Killed In Action" in France during the war and was awarded the "Distinguished Service Cross", Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart.

Service # 20227821

(Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett)


Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Staff Sergeant Maurice M. Leclair (ASN: 20227821), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 71st Infantry Regiment, 55th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 January 1945. Staff Sergeant Leclair's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 55th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 78 (1946)

Action Date: 1-Jan-45
Service: Army
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Company: Company E
Regiment: 71st Infantry Regiment
Division: 55th Infantry Division

Citation Synopsis submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson.




  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56373727
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Maurice M LeClair (22 Aug 1916–1 Jan 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56373727, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .