ARTHUR H. DECOSTE, "MOE"

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - IN MEMORY -

Arthur Henry (Moe) DeCoste left this earth on Septem­ber 5, 2017. Moe was born July 21, 1925 in Bos­ton, MA to Au­gus­tus and Caro­line DeCoste. He grew up in Ja­maica Plain, MA and joined the US Marine Corps in 1942. He served with the 2nd Marine Di­vi­sion in the Pa­cific The­ater and was listed as killed in ac­tion in the Bat­tle of Tarawa in the Gil­bert Is­lands in 1943, but was later found wounded and trans­ferred to Tripler Army Hos­pi­tal in Hawaii. From there he served at Camp Tarawa on the Is­land of Hawaii, named by the Marines in honor of one of the great­est sac­ri­fices that they had ever had to make to save the United States. He trained at Camp Tarawa in prepa­ra­tion for the Bat­tles of Saipan and Tinian in the Mar­i­ana Is­lands and was wounded on Saipan in 1944. As a Marine, Moe was the re­cip­i­ent of two Pur­ple Hearts by age 20. Af­ter dis­charge in 1945, he re­turned to Bos­ton and reen­listed with the Marines in 1946, serv­ing in the Caribbean Is­lands in Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Cuba. He was again hon­or­ably dis­charged in 1949.

Moe re­turned to Bos­ton and shortly there­after en­listed in the US Army in 1950. He served at Fort Dix, NJ and in the Korean War from 1950-51. Moe at­tended Com­bat En­gi­neer School at Fort Belvoir, Vir­ginia and be­cause of his ex­pert skills he was trans­ferred to West Point, New York to teach cadets the art of build­ing float­ing bridges. He then served at Ft. Hood dur­ing the Bay of Pigs. In 1963, Moe trans­ferred to Schofield Bar­racks in Hawaii as a mem­ber of the 65th En­gi­neer Bat­tal­ion of the 25th In­fantry Di­vi­sion. He served in Viet­nam in both 1964 and 1966, com­plet­ing over 25 mis­sions. His fi­nal as­sign­ment was in Eschborn, Ger­many in 1967.

Moe was the re­cip­i­ent of nu­mer­ous awards and com­men­da­tions, in­clud­ing the Pur­ple Heart, Na­tional De­fense Service Medal, Viet­nam Cam­paign Medal, Army Com­men­da­tion Medal and the Pres­i­den­tial Unit Ci­ta­tion.

Moe was a lov­ing hus­band to his wife, Ruth of High­lands Ranch, the love of his life. He was fa­ther to daugh­ters, Cyn­thia Or­lando of Hawaii and Wynne Ellen Day (De­ceased), son Charles DeCoste and his wife Linda Decoste of Roxbor­ough Park and pre­de­ceased sons in­law, Robert Or­lando and Richard Thomas Day Jr.

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