440th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion
Plot G, Row 27, Grave 10
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.
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.
Awards: Purple Heart
Anthony Barcott is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot G, Row 27, Grave 10.