82nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Armored Division
District of Columbia
Plot B, Row 22, Grave 31
1stLt. Morton Corcoran Eustis was a drama critic and playwright before serving in the 2ndArmored Division during World War II. He was born on September 18, 1905, into a very well-connected Virginia family. Notable relatives include his grandfather, Levi P. Morton, former American Vice-President and Governor of New York; and his father, William Corcoran Eustis, who served as the personal secretary to General Pershing during World War I.
Eustis studied at Groton High School in Washington, D.C. before graduating from Harvard University in 1928. He became a drama critic and playwright and enlisted in the New York National Guard in January 1941. Eustis received his commission into the U.S. Army Air Corps and while stationed in North Africa in 1942, he requested and received a transfer into the U.S. Army 2ndArmored Division as he was tired of his desk job.
On July 10, 1943, as a member of the 82ndReconnaissance Battalion, Eustis participated in the Sicily landings. After the Sicilian campaign ended, he and his unit went to England for cross-channel training. He landed on Omaha Beach on D+3 and was immediately thrown into the fight for the Cotentin Peninsula. During Operation Cobra, he participated in the liberation of the town of Avranches. On August 13, 1944, Eustis was leading his reconnaissance patrol near Domfront. While manning the .50 caliber gun on an M4 Sherman tank, Eustis was hit by a panzerfaust anti-tank round and killed.
Awards: Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster
Morton C. Eustis is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot B, Row 22, Grave 31.