GRANT  EMBERT  L    31352326    PVT    KIA
World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces
Portland Press Herald - February 15, 1945
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Narraguagus High School

Embert L. Grant was born in Harrington in 1925,
the only child of Leon C. and Henrietta Young
Grant.  He was a graduate of Columbia Falls High
School, Class of 1943 and enlisted immediately
into the US Army.  Following infantry basic
training, we think at Camp Croft, SC, Grant was
assigned to Easy Company, 318th Infantry
Regiment, 80th Division.  The Division landed in
France at Utah Beach on 5 August 1944 two
months after D-Day.  Considered the “Work
Horse” of General Patton’s 3rd Army,  PVT Grant
and the 80th  played a key role in the “breakout”
at Avranches and the famous “Dash” across
France until gas and supplies ran out.  Following
the “Bloody Moselle Crossing, by 8 November, the
Division was within 5 miles of Saarbruecken,
Germany meeting increased enemy resistance
resulting from  Hitler’s “No retreat” order.
The end of November 1944 found Easy Company
and the 318th Infantry  in constant daily combat in
the St. Avold area as the preparations were being
made for the breach of the German border.  On
29 November, PVT Grant was seriously wounded
and on 4 December 1944, he died of his wounds
in a US Army Hospital in France.
Embert L. Grant was 19 years old.  His body was
returned to the States following the War and was
buried with full military honors in the family lot in
Harrington in 1946. A large color photograph of
his burial hangs on the wall of the Maine Military
Funeral Honors Office in Augusta forever
remembering his ultimate sacrifice.
Since we were unable to find any local family,
Kevin Woodard, Commander of the Harrington
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post received the Gold
Star Medal and hold it in trust that Private Embert
Grant will always be remembered near where he
was born.
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