PFC Arthur R Marcotte

PFC Arthur R Marcotte

Maine, USA
Death 23 Jan 1945 (aged 20–21)
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot A Row 27 Grave 13
Memorial ID 56373972 · View Source
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Arthur served as a Private First Class, Company G, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in York County, Maine prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 22, 1943 in Portland, Maine. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a lumbermen and also as Single, without dependents.

Arthur was "Killed In Action" in France during the war and was awarded the "Distinguished Service Cross" and the Purple Heart with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Service # 31320823

( Bio & Relationship's by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )


Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Arthur R. Marcotte (ASN: 31320823), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 January 1945, near Houssen, France. When his squad encountered deadly machine gun fire from wooded positions fifty yards to his front, Private First Class Marcotte advanced intrepidly over bullet-swept ground, firing his sub-machine gun from the hip. Twenty yards from the hostile emplacement, he killed the three-man crew with a hand grenade. Seconds later, a sniper's bullet ripped into his stomach. Mortally wounded, Private First Class Marcotte staggered blindly forward for thirty yards, fell exhausted on the ground and opened fire with his "Tommy Gun". He killed the sniper but died of his wounds a few minutes later. Private First Class Marcotte'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 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 585 (October 6, 1945)

Action Date: 23-Jan-45

Service: Army

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Company G

Regiment: 7th Infantry Regiment

Division: 3d Infantry Division

Citation Synopsis submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson.


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Arthur R Marcotte (1924–23 Jan 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56373972, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .