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Alton More

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Alton M. More
Born(1920-04-23)April 23, 1920
Casper, Wyoming, United States
Diedc. July 31, 1958 (aged 38)
Wyoming, United States
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1942-1945
RankPrivate
Unit506 patch.jpeg Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,
US 101st Airborne Division patch.svg101st Airborne Division
Battles/warsWorld War II
  • Battle of Normandy
  • Operation Market Garden
  • Battle of the Bulge

Private Alton More (April 23, 1920 - July 31, 1958) was a soldier with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army during World War II. More was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by Doug Allen.

Youth[edit]

More was born in April 23, 1920 in Casper, Wyoming.[1] More's father, Ashton M. More, was born in Waddington, New York in about 1884. He moved to Casper in about 1917. He married Carrie Hatley and had two daughters and two sons, Mrs. Harry Sodeman, Mrs. Edith Simpson, Roland, and Alton.[2] Ashton was a pipe fitter for the Standard Oil Refinery in Casper.[1] Moore's grandfather, James Hatley, fought in the civil war in the 13th New York State Cavalry.[3] He had two brothers, Roland and Delbert and two sisters, Elizabeth and Edith. Alton and his wife, Erma Jean Barnhill were married in Thurston County, Olympia, Washington on June 3, 1943. Their daughter was born after Easy Company was sent to England. They had three children, Janet, Ronald, and Sharon.[4]

Military service[edit]

More was a member of the 115th Cavalry, Wyoming National Guard before the war. In 1938, he was a member of the troops horse show team[5] and rode for steeplechase events.[6] In November 1940, he was promoted to corporal in the Wyoming National Guard.[7] The troop was called to active duty in 1940, and More left Casper for Fort Lewis, Washington on March 14, 1941, shortly after the rest of his troop, as he had been ill with pneumonia when they departed.[8]

More volunteered for paratroopers during World War II. He joined Easy Company at Fort Bragg.[9]

More jumped into Normandy on D-Day. On June 10, 1944, More invited Donald Malarkey to loot the bags of their fallen comrades in Sainte-Mère-Église. During the looting, More broke down, cried and told Malarkey 'We gotta get the hell out of here' when he found a pair of pink baby bootees in one of those bags.[10] Before Easy Company departed back to England, More was able to find two boxes of canned food from the main supply depot, and shared them with his comrades.[11] They became sick because they were not used to the food.

The day before Easy Company made the trip across the Channel, More found an army motorcycle and sidecar from the main motor pool near Utah Beach.[12] He was able to sneak the vehicle on the ship. When the ship arrived Southampton, More and Malarkey rode the cycle back to Aldbourne when the others traveled by train.[13] The motorcycle was later confiscated by Captain Herbert Sobel when they left England for Operation Market Garden.[14] During the Siege of Bastogne in late December 1944, More was one of two Casper men in the 101st Airborne division.[15]

More was with Easy Company when it reached Hitler's Eagle's Nest. He obtained two of Hitler's photo albums which showed Hitler's meeting with foreign delegations.[16] More was threatened a court-martial by an officer who demanded the albums. Major Richard D. Winters helped More by making him his jeep driver. More turned one of the seat cushions of the jeep into a carrying case for the albums so he could carry them with him all the time.[17]

Later life[edit]

More returned to Casper, Wyoming after the war, with Hitler's photo albums.

He continued to be an active equestrian and was voted instructor and director of the Casper Boot and Spur club in November 1945.[18] More took a job as a travelling salesman, in 1948 he was working for the H. J. Heinz Company [19] and at his death a decade later was working for Folgers.[4]

He was killed in a car accident on July 31, 1958. Alton More was killed when his car hit a horse at approximately 9:00pm when he was returning from a sales call in Western Wyoming.[4] More's funderal was held at the Bustard Funeral Home and he was buried in the family plot in Highland Cemetery.[20] He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Casper Elk's Lodge.[4]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Location 1325, Malarkey
  2. Former Resident Dies in Canada, Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyoming) November 6, 1955, page 2, accessed November 26, 2017 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15382021/former_resident_dies_in_canada_casper/
  3. With Nations Armed Forces, Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyoming) January 28, 1942, page 8, accessed November 26, 2017 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15381929/with_nations_armed_forces_casper/
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Salesman is Killed as Car Hits Horse, Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyoming) August 1, 1958, page 1, accessed November 26, 2017 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15382503/salesman_is_killed_as_car_hits_horse/
  5. Cavalry Team Will Take Part in Country Club Race, Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyoming) October 13, 1938, page 7, accessed November 26, 2017 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15380392/
  6. Steeplechase, Race Meet to Hold Thrills for Fans, Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyoming) September 10, 1939, page 9, accessed November 26, 2017 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15381391/
  7. Promotions Announced in Wyoming National Guard, Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, WY) November 27, 1940, page 2, accessed November 26, 2017 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15381443/
  8. [No Headline], Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, WY) March 16, 1941, page 6, accessed November 26, 2017 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15381505/no_headline_casper_startribune/
  9. Location 588, Malarkey
  10. Location 1333, Malarkey
  11. Location 1448, Malarkey
  12. Location 1449, Malarkey
  13. Location 1455, Malarkey
  14. Location 1468, Malarkey
  15. Casper Men in Bastogne Battle, Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, WY) March 22, 1945, page 10, accessed November 26, 2017 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15382184/casper_men_in_bastogne_battle_casper/
  16. Location 2743, Malarkey
  17. Location 2748, Malarkey
  18. Alton More, Director of Boot and Spur Club, Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyoming) November 13, 1945, page 6, accessed November 26, 2017 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15382285/
  19. More Retiring from Refinery, Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyoming) April 6, 1948, page 2, accessed November 26, 2017 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15382463/more_retiring_from_refinery_casper/
  20. Alton M. More, Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, WY) August 3, 1958, page 2, accessed November 26, 2017 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15384202/alton_m_more_casper_startribune/

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ambrose, Stephen E. (1992). Band of Brothers: Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7434-6411-6. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Sgt Don Malarkey and Bob Welch (2009). Easy Company Soldier, the Legendary Battles of a Sergeant From World War II's "Band of Brothers". St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-0-312-56323-3. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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