November 17, 1916 (Leominster, MA) – November 21, 1944; 28 years old; married to Virginia Hillock LaPointe; one son Gary William Lapointe born November 28, 1944, 7 days after Marcel died
Last local address: 39 Neptune Avenue, Norwalk
Service number: O-1822288
84TH INFANTRY DIVISION, 335TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
Awarded the Purple Heart Medal
Norwalk High School Class of ‘35
From The Norwalk Hour December 18, 1944
LIEUTENANT WAS WITH TANK DIVISION
NEVER KNEW HE WAS FATHER OF A SON
Lieutenant Marcel Joseph LaPointe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip LaPointe of 39 Neptune Avenue, was killed in action in Germany on November 21 according to a telegram from the War Department received on December 11 by his wife, who resides with her mother in Long Beach, California. Lieutenant LaPointe, who went into the service with the National Guard about four years ago, was killed just one week before the birth of his son, Gary William, who was born in California on November 28. Mrs. LaPointe was Miss Virginia Ella Hillock of Iowa, and the couple’s wedding took place on January 15, 1944. Lieutenant LaPointe, who had been overseas since September, was with a tank unit. In this country he had been stationed at Camp Blanding, Florida with the National Guard, and was later transferred to Camp Hood, Texas and Camp Polk, Louisiana. He received his bars at the Officer’s School at Camp Hood in November 1942. He attended St. Joseph’s School and was a graduate of Norwalk High School. Before going away with the National Guard, he was with the Pitney-Bowes Company in Stamford. A brother, Lieutenant Armand Paul LaPointe who went into service before the Pearl Harbor incident, is with the Airborne Medical Corps in the Philippines where he has been for seven months.
Lt LaPointe is buried Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands; Plot B, Row 1, Grave 11.