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Charles's great grand father came from Grez-Doiceau in Belgium in 1855 and years after Charles gave his life fighting for democracy half a world away in Europe. PVT Charles LaCourt, 19 was killed in action July 25,1944. 90th Infantry Division, 359th Infantry Regiment. It appear he was killed during the first day of Operation Cobra (the breakout at St. Lo) when the 359th was preparing to attacking south of Sèves Island (also cited as St. Germain sur Seves) towards Periers the next day (26th). He attended Iron Mountain High School prior to entering the Army in September 1943. He received basic training at Camp Van Dorn (Miss.) in the 63rd Infantry Division ("Blood & Fire"), 253th Infantry Regiment, HQ company, 1st batallion. In December 1943, all privates, privates first class, along with some noncommissioned and junior officers were reassigned to other divisions alerted for overseas movement, like Charles in the 90th Infantry Division. The division landed in England (from Fort Meade (Md)) on April 5th, 1944 to prepare for D-Day. On June 6th, 1944, the 1st and 3rd battalions of the 359th Infantry Regiment were assigned to land with the 4th ID on Utah Beach at 18:30 hours as part of Operation Overlord. Probably, he went thru some heavy fighting. The 90th was boxed in by hedgerows and swamps and had to make many frontal assaults. At the time of his death they had been opposed by the 2nd SS Division and the 6th Fallshirmjager Regiment for most of the battles.