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In Memory of
Maurice Roy

Maurice Roy was a World War II veteran, a Special Forces Soldier, and a member of the Chapter 54, Special Forces Association. During the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s he served in the 11th Special Forces Group. For many years he was a full-time civilian technician working as the administrator for Company A, 1st Battalion, 11th Special Forces Group at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.

IMO Maurice Roy 11th Special Forces
Maurice Roy performing Jumpmaster Duties for Parachute Drop

Maurice was an Airborne Soldier during World War II. He was in the Army, stationed in Panama on December 7, 1941 (the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor). He went to Jump School in Panama and became a member of the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment.

He participated in the 503rd PIR's first wartime action, a combat jump into the Markham Valley of Papua New Guinea against the Japanese. Following that action he participated in some amphibious landings with the 503rd in other regions of the Pacific.

Maurice is remembered for being a hard worker, always ready with witty oneliners, and fond of dispursing sage advice about life. Maurice passed away in November 1984 after a long illness.


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