L'Amour, Louis Dearborn, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
612-Field Transportation Officer
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1946, HQ European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA)
Service Years
1942 - 1946

Transportation Corps

First Lieutenant

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
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Home Town
Last Address
Los Angeles, CA

Date of Passing
Jun 10, 1988
Location of Interment
Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Glendale, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Honorably Discharged WW II Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

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Last Known Activity
Louis Dearborn L'Amour was an American author. His books consisted primarily of Western novels, however he also wrote historical fiction, science fiction, nonfiction, as well as poetry and short-story collections. Many of his stories were made into movies. L'Amour's books remain popular and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death some of his 105 existing works were in print and he was considered "one of the world's most popular writers".

Louis was inducted in the summer of 1942. After basic training, he went to Officer's Candidate School and then Tank Destroyer School. By the time he was eligible to join a TD unit he was ordered to change assignments because with his 35th birthday just over six months away, he would be too old to join a combat unit. He joined the Transportation Corps (3622 Trans Co.) and was sent to England and then on to Europe with a trucking company. As a 2LT he commanded a platoon of gas tankers that supplied planes and tanks all through the fighting in France and Germany. Before he returned home he was promoted to 1LT and was briefly a company commander. While in Europe he gathered the background that he later used in his stories about that area.

President Ronald Reagan awarded L’Amour the Congressional Gold Medal on August 2, 1982.

L'Amour died from lung cancer
on June 10, 1988, at his home in Los Angeles.
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 Unit Assignments
Airborne SchoolTank Destroyer ForcesHQ European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA)
  1942-1942, 0006, Airborne School
  1942-1943, 1222, Tank Destroyer Forces
  1943-1946, 467th Transportation Battalion
  1944-1946, HQ European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 WWII - American Theater
  1943-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1946 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
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