Obituaries
Roy D. Malott

Roy D. Malott, 94, died peacefully at home on Sept. 1.  He was born in Amboy, on Aug. 31, 1920, to Clifford Malott Sr. and Delcie (Graf) Malott. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Paul Malott and Clifford Malott Jr. He is survived by his loving wife, Marianne (Adams) Malott; two children, Heather Malott (David Cotton) and Jerome Malott (Tonya Hollingsworth); and two grandchildren, Dr. Beauregard Malott Middaugh (Sarah Middaugh), and Haleigh River Middaugh.

Roy served his country proudly in WWII as a TEC 5 in the 102nd Division (The Ozarks), 405th Infantry, Fox Co. The Ozarks motto was Distinction, Valor, Marksmanship. He served as his squad’s skilled Browning Automatic Rifle (B.A.R.) Rifleman and he fought in the Rhineland and Central European Campaigns. The 405th quickly earned the reputation of a force to be reckoned with. The 102nd Division, with its 405th Infantry in the center, forced the crossing of the Roer River and spearheaded the 9th Army’s drive to the Rhine River. They were feared as the “river crossers.” The 405th also battled to take the industrial city of Krefeld and discovered the “Atrocity of Gardelegen.” The 102nd Division pushed forward to the Elbe.  On May 4, 1945, Gen. Eisenhower announced, “Today, what is left of the two German Armies, surrendered to a single American Division – the 102nd.” The next day, VE Day, the European WWII had ended. 146,000 surrendered to the 102nd in WWII. Thousands of U.S. Soldiers gave the ultimate sacrifice. Roy received the EAME Campaign Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars, Victory Medal WWII, Combat Infantry Badge, Rifle Marksman Badge, Occupation Medal Germany, and Good Conduct Medal.

Roy enjoyed antique automobiles, carpentry, and hard work. He retired from General Motors and took great pride in his Wabash farm. He loved his God, his Country, and his family. He lived as he died, a brave soldier. Private family services were arranged by McDonald Funeral Home, LaFontaine Chapel, 104 S. Main Street, LaFontaine, Indiana 46940, with full military honors. Burial is in Mississinewa Cemetery in Somerset, Indiana. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mcdonaldfunerals.com.

All memorials and gifts are requested to be given to “The Wounded Warrior Project” to honor those who sacrifice for our freedom:  www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org/wwp.

Posted on 2014 Sep 11