CPT Elmer Lee Faircloth was born 17 Jul 1911 in York, Pennsylvania to William Arthur and Caroline Amanda (Wolf) Faircloth. His father was a carpenter. His mother died in 1923 and he and his brother lived with his paternal grandparents. On 23 Dec 1923 he married Louise E. Lloyd. They would be divorced by 1940. In 1940 he was living with his brother Charles and working as a laborer in a foundry and reported an income of $220 in 1939.
Elmer went into service 17 May 1941. He married York County native Mary Elizabeth Hammer on 26 Dec 1941. After officer training he was sent overseas. The morning report shows him as on duty with Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry as a 1LT on 1 Jun 1944. He was promoted to CPT on 1 Aug 1944 and commanded the Headquarters Company. On 4 Sep 1944, he was wounded by mortar fire reportedly while inspecting his soldiers. He died of his wounds on 5 Sep 1944.
CPT Faircloth is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery. Mary never remarried. He had no children.