Monday, May 31, 2010

In good company

While doing some Memorial Day inspired genealogy research, I found out that a great uncle who died at the Battle of the Bulge is buried in the same cemetery as General Patton:

Francis J. Masce
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Service # 11045715
301st Engineer Combat Battalion, 76th Infantry Division
Entered the Service from: Massachusetts
Died: 8-Feb-45
Buried at: Plot E Row 10 Grave 3
Luxembourg American Cemetery
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Awards: Purple Heart

It's just so eerie to see that information.  Just reading it makes me feel some kind of connection to him, even though I don't know much about him other than he died for his family's adopted country (his parents - my great-grandparents - immigrated to the U.S. from Italy) and this is probably as much as I'll ever learn about him.

Rest in peace, Uncle Francis.

I found him by searching here.

A grateful thank you to our military past and present, today and every day.

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