26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Plot G, Row 24, Grave 30
1st Lt. Noel D. Mock was born in Quapaw, Okla. On January 10, 1940, Mock enlisted in the Army at the age of 20. Having been assigned to the 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Mock and his unit were shipped to North Africa in November 1942 where they saw combat in Algeria and Tunisia under Operation Torch, and later participated in the Sicilian Campaign in the summer of 1943.
On August 5, 1943, in the town of Troina, Sicily, Mock was defending against a counterattack but was unable to set up his mortar in the standard way. Mock improvised to accomplish his goal by setting his 60mm mortar between his legs and firing several volleys, which found their target. Later that day he found and captured eight German soldiers with just a handgun. The following day he captured four more soldiers in the same location. On September 21, 1943 Mock received a citation for the Distinguished Service Cross that he earned in Italy. He was then promoted to the rank of second lieutenant and was sent to England to prepare for D-Day. Mock would often write letters to his family, asking about his new nieces and nephews.
On June 6, 1944, Mock and E Company landed at Omaha Beach. Despite the difficult and dangerous circumstances, Mock and his unit fought their way into France towards St. Lô. On August 2, 1944, Mock's mother received a telegram stating that he was wounded in action while fighting near St. Lo. Later that day, Mock died of his wounds at the age of 24.
Awards: Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster
Noel D. Mock is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot G, Row 24, Grave 30.