|Troops with the 87th Calvary Reconnaissance Squadron where Pvt. George Marcum served.|
George C. Marcum never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
For most of the country the big news for June 15, 1917 was the passage of the Espionage Act, two months after America entered World War I. However, for Rebecca and Sherman Marcum the big news for June 15 was the birth of their son George in Tennessee. Both parents were also both born in Tennessee. George's father worked as a farmer. George had three older brothers and an older sister. His mother died when he was 10 years old. His father, who was 52 years his senior, died in May 1941. George completed a grammar school level of education.
He went to Georgia and enlisted in the army on March 1, 1942. He served as a private in A Troop, 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron attached to the 7th Armored Division.
The 7th Armored Division arrived on Omaha Beach in mid-August 1944. By mid-September most of the division had crossed the Moselle River, but was repulse when attacking across the Seille Rive near Sillegny. It was at this time that Pvt. Marcum was fatally wounded. Pvt. Marcum died on September 18, 1944, probably one mile southeast of Marieulles, France or at a nearby aid station.
The 87th CRS lost 112 men during the war.
Pvt. Marcum's grave is at the Marcum-Kidd Cemetery in Oneida, Tennessee.
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