Dave Belton Hott joined his bride of 54 years, Martha Jeanne Barge Hott, on April 26, 2013 in their heavenly home.
Born on March 1, 1920 in Grapevine, Texas, he was graduated from Texas A&M University in 1943 and entered the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. He completed Officer’s Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia followed by Infantry Training at Camp Blanding in Jacksonville, Florida where he received a promotion to 1st Lieutenant upon completion. He married Jeanne on May 20, 1943 on a three-day leave before shipping out for Germany.
He served in France, Luxembourg and Germany during World War II in Company G of the 2nd Infantry Regiment of the 5th Infantry Division, also known as the Red Diamond Division. During the war his company was in dense woods with German soldiers in the area.
The company had about 300 yards to get to high ground. He ordered the men to walk forward firing into the ground 20 to 25 yards in front of them every 3rd or 4th step. When the company reached the road on high ground, they had about 35 prisoners and each one had been hit at least once or twice. Not one of the 140 men in Company G was wounded or killed. For this action on Dec. 25, 1944, he received his first Silver Star.
His second Silver Star was received the next day when he exposed himself to sniper fire so that his company could locate and remove the sniper. He was wounded during this action in Luxembourg and was awarded the Purple Heart.
After the war, he worked as an accountant for General Electric Co. He also had a private tax accounting practice. He retired from Texas Industries where he held various positions. Dave and Jeanne moved to Carthage in the 1980s and became active in several local non-profit organizations, especially Art Central.
Following the death of his beloved Jeanne on Feb. 19, 1996, he married his brother’s widow, Lois Tinsley Hott, in 1999 and they moved to Euless, Texas. Lois died in 2005. He moved to Houston, Texas in 2009 where he lived until his death.
Dave is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Rev. Susanne and Don Orman of Forney, Texas, a son and daughter-in-law, Chilton Thomas and Elizabeth Hott of Houston, Texas, five grandchildren (David Edward Hott, Stephen Thomas Hott, Michael Raymond Orman, Martha Elizabeth Hott, and Andrew Lindsay Hott), six great-grandchildren (Matthew Hott, Jonathan Hott, Daniel Hott, Koby Hott, Dustin Orman and Dalton Orman) and nieces, Janice Hott and Sharon Dietz.
A memorial service was held on May 19 in Terrell, Texas, and interment with full military honors will be held on July 27 at 10 a.m. at Fullerton Cemetery in Carthage, Mo.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary, Carthage, MO. Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com. The family requests that memorials be given to Art Central or to the Wounded Warriors Project.