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Anthony Barcott

440th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion

Corporal, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:

Washington

Died:

7/2/1944

Grave Location:

Plot G, Row 27, Grave 10

A portion of the 440th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion. Cpl. Anthony Barcott is in the back row, first man on the right.

Cpl. Anthony Barcott grew up in a vibrant Slavic community in Everett, Wash. where he opened a paint and wallpaper store with his brother, Frank. When the war came to America, the brothers chose who would enlist and who would keep the store. Since Anthony was unmarried, he enlisted in the Army, in Tacoma, Wash., after which he was sent to anti-aircraft training.

A 40mm gun similar to the one that Barcott's battery used while on the bridge over the Vire.
The tread way bridge built by the 105th Engineer Battalion on the Vire River.

Assigned to the 440thAAA (Anti-Aircraft Artillery) Battalion, he was shipped out to England in December 1943 and landed in Normandy on D+3. On July 20, 1944 all four batteries of the battalion received missions to protect four bridges on the Vire River and a Ninth Air Force airstrip, A-11 Sainte-Lambert. On July 28, during Operation Cobra, the breakout from St. Lô, 12 enemy aircraft attacked the battalion. Battery ‘A’, Barcott’s battery, had its 40mm Bofors guns positioned around a bridge on the Vire where they engaged the German aircraft that were illuminated by flares. Barcott was killed by a direct hit from an anti-personnel bomb. He was 34 years old.

Barcott's obituary in his local newspaper of Everett, Washington.
A bridge at St. Fromond over the Vire River today. Barcott would have held a bridge similar to this one.

Awards: Purple Heart

Anthony Barcott is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot G, Row 27, Grave 10.