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(courtesy of Connie Lou)
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 Conduct medal.

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