Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Marvin Stanley Sagmoen

In memory of:

Private Marvin Stanley Sagmoen

December 11, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

M/31052

Age:

32

Force:

Army

Unit:

Seaforth Highlanders of Canada

Additional Information


Born:

April 26, 1911
Chauvin, Alberta

Enlistment:

August 21, 1940
Wainwright, Alberta

Son of Martin and Lena Sagmoen; husband of Vera Mae Sagmoen, of Ribstone, Alberta.

Commemorated on Page 210 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

I. B. 5.

Location:

By the winter of 1943, the German armies in Italy were defending a line stretching from the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Naples, to the Adriatic Sea south of Ortona. The Allies prepared to break through this line to capture Rome. For its part, the 1st Canadian Infantry Division was to cross the Moro River and take Ortona. In January 1944 the Canadian Corps selected this site, intending that it would contain the graves of those who died during the Ortona battle and in the fighting in the weeks before and after it. Today, there are 1,615 graves in the cemetery, of which over 50 are unidentified and 1,375 are Canadian.

The Moro River Canadian War Cemetery lies in the locality of San Donato in the Commune of Ortona, Province of Chieti, and is sited on high ground near the sea just east of the main Adriatic coast road (SS16). The cemetery can be reached from Rome on the autostrada A25 (Rome-Pescara) by branching on the autostrada A14 and leaving it at Ortona. The approach road to the cemetery from the main road passes under an arch forming part of the little church of San Donato. The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited anytime.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Group Photo– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of MARVIN STANLEY SAGMOEN– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Family Photo– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Circumstances of death– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Marvin Stanley Sagmoen
  • Cemetery– Entrance - Moro River Canadian War Cemetery - May 2013
Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery– Moro River Canadian War Cemetery - May 2013
Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave Marker– Grave marker - Moro River Canadian War Cemetery - May 2013

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