Grave marker for Proco J. Moreno in Section 2 of the
Calvary Cemetery, Sterling (Whiteside county), Illinois.
A native of Mexico, his parents brought him to the U.S.
when he was just an infant.
Proco enlisted in the Army in February 1943 and went
through basic training and jump school before he was sent overseas.
On 31 March 1944 Pvt Moreno was transferred from the 82nd A/B Division
Replacement Depot FFRD #8 to Hq 2nd, 508th PIR. His transfer came
just two weeks following the 508th own arrival in Nottingham.
Pvt Moreno was listed as seriously wounded in
Normandy, France on 3 July 1933. He was evacuated to a field
hospital and spent sufficient time in rehabilitation that on 10 October
1944 he was dropped from the 508tth's manpower strength.
But, on 7 January 1945, Proco was transferred back to
Company E from the 3rd Replacement Depot. That put him into action
in Belgium and, unfortunately, he was again wounded on 9 February 1945.
His recuperation period this time was shorter and on 9
March 1945 he was returned to Company E. He was later transferred to
Service Company on 3 April 1945.
Pvt Moreno returned to the U.S. and was discharged on
8 December 1945. Less than a year later he became a naturalized citizen.
His military decorations included the Purple Heart
with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Service
Arrowhead device for participation in Normandy assault and the Good