Thomas P. LaBelle
Company B 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Divsion
Thomas P. LaBelle was born on
August 2, 1919, in Worcester, Worcester County. Massachusetts.
He was drafted into the Army on February 26, 1942, at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. He had completed two years of
High School, and listed his civilian occupation as Semiskilled Occupations in Mechanical Treatment of Metals.
He was single, with no dependents. His religion was listed as Catholic.
Private First Class Thomas
LaBelle was killed in action, while serving with Company B, 1st
Battalion 22nd Infantry,
as part of Task Force Barber, in the attacks in the area of Ozeville, France, on June 10, 1944. Most of 1st Battalion's
engagement that day was in the vicinity of the town of Fontenay-sur-Mer, with the Battalion in the attack, and fighting off
The following narrative is from the Find A Grave website, created by Phil LaBelle:
Patrick LaBelle, US Army 4th Infantry, died on 10-JUN-1944 during
the WWII invasion of Normandy.
He was initially buried on 17-JUN-1944 in Ozeville, France, at the American Military Cemetary
of St. Mere Eglise #1, Plot C, Row 5, Grave 91.
His remains were disinterred on 02-MAY-1948 and sent to the US for reburial in St. Johns Cemetary on 18-May-1948.
His mother, Mary H. (Ryan) LaBelle is buried in the same plot. She died 27 years earlier while giving birth
to Thomas' brother Edward in 1921.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Callahan Brothers Funeral Home, 36 Trumbell St., Worcester, MA.
In October 2004,
I filed paperwork with St. John's and with the Dept of Veteran
to have a bronze military marker added to his gravesite.
Thomas P. LaBelle was buried in
the temporary U.S. Military Cemetery,
Sainte Mere-Eglise #1 at Carentan, France and some time later
his remains were returned to the United States where he was
reinterred in Massachusetts in 1948.
Saint Johns Cemetery
Plot: Galilee Section, Row 7, Lot 146
Family monument where Thomas P. LaBelle is buried
Photo by Phil LaBelle from the Find A Grave website
Top photo of Thomas LaBelle, in his uniform as a member of the 22nd Infantry, by Phil LaBelle from the Find A Grave website
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