|G.I.s from 88th Infantry Division, Pvt. Tracy's unit.|
Leonard B. Tracy could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on February 24, 1917 in Vermont. His parents were also both born in Vermont. His father was a laborer in a lumber mill and later a sawyer in a saw mill. Leonard had three older sisters and a younger sister. By 1940 Leonard was still living with his parents. He had completed high school and was working as a salesman.
Leonard enrolled in the army on July 10, 1942. He was a private in the 88th Infantry Division which was activated five days later as one of the first all draftee divisions in the war. It first saw action in Italy at Monte Cassino in January 1944. It was the first unit to enter Rome in June.
Pvt. Tracy died on September 25, 1944 when the 88th assaulted the Gothic Line.
|Position of 88th Infantry Division the week Pvt. Tracy was killed.|
Pvt. Tracy's remains were not returned to America. He is buried somewhere in Italy.
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