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Victor C Motto

PFC in Signal Co, Special

Military occupational specialty: 521 (basic, administration)


Born 1921 in MI, Died 2014


County of enlistment: Detroit, MI
Other residence(s): Detroit, MI; Warren, MI
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: actors and actresses
Notes: Father's family name was Mateovitz
Source: Unit Shipment 10143-D, 23d HQ, from le Havre 23 June 1945; ; photo courtesy Terri Motto Smith

Vic Motto was born on June 24, 1921 in Highland Park, MI, the younger of two sons. His father was a pattern maker at the Ford Motor Company's huge plant in Highland Park (the birthplace of Ford's assembly line). Both of his parents had been born in Austria/Hungary, and his father had anglicized his name from "Mateovitz."

His mother died when he was seven years old; his father remarried a couple of years later.

He graduated from high school, and enlisted in the field artillery on April 7, 1941. At some point he found himself in the Signal Company Special, and served overseas with the unit. He filled out his draft card on October 3, 1945 after returning to the US; his occupation was listed as "unemployed veteran."

Little else is known of his life and work. He married a woman named Helen in his early 70s; he may have been married previously. He did not have any children.

He died on April 11, 2014 in Warren, MI and is buried at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, MI.


1924 father's naturalization papers

1930 census

1940 census

1941 enlistment card

1945 draft card (filled out at conclusion of service)

2014 death notice in the Detroit News (MI)

2014 obituary

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