Application for headstone or marker for
Joseph L. Desmarais to be erected in Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy
(Norfolk county), Massachusetts.
Joseph enlisted in the Army at Boston,
MA on 14 April 1943.
Although his date of arrival in the
508th PIR was not recorded, Pvt Desmarais was transferred from Service
Company to Hq 2nd on 27 November 1943.
On 10 January 1945, Pvt Desmarais was
wounded in action in Belgium. He was promoted to Pfc on 25 January 1945.
Pfc Desmarais was transferred to the 505th PIR on 124
decorations include the Purple Heart and the Bronze Service Arrowhead
device awarded for participation in Normandy assault.