Friday, December 20, 2019

75 Years Remembering the Battle of the Bulge

Seventy five years ago the Battle of the Bulge was fought against Germany from December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945 in the Ardennes region. It was the deadliest battle in World War II.

During World War II, 562 men from Greater Lowell lost their lives while serving in the US Army, Navy and Marine Corps. During the Battle of the Bulge 15 men from Lowell and one man from Westford were killed in action while serving in the US Army. We must remember their names and their sacrifice.

Greater Lowell's Battle of the Bulge Honor Roll

Pvt George L Baxter
Pvt Gerald J Bellegarde
T5C Leo R Cote
Pfc Ernest De Camp
SSgt Paul A Ekengren
Pvt Peter E Gregoire
Sgt John J Hurley
Pvt John C Lebednick
Pvt Paul R Lemire
Pfc William J McCarthy
Sgt Vincent R McLean
Pvt James P Smith
Pvt William J Sobolewski
Pfc Charles R Taylor
Pfc Paul S Woods

Pvt Hubert E Bolyea

Seven of these men are buried in Belgium. They never came home. Below is a link to a virtual cemetery on Find a Grave listing where each man is buried.

T5C Leo R Cote 
Courtesy of Find A Grave
The above photo is the grave marker of T5C Leo R Cote in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium. He was killed in action on Christmas Eve in 1944 while serving in the 610th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 80th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge. He was 22 years old. After his death in combat he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Leo Cote was a truck driver before the war for his father's moving company -  Cote Brother's Moving Company. He lived at the corner of Cabot and  Moody Streets with his parents Thomas and Marie (April) Cote. He was survived by his sisters Irene (Lacerte) and Yvette (Goyette) and his brothers Arthur, Albert and Louis.

Rest in peace. You are not forgotten.