Manuel V. Motta, one of three sons of Delphine and Frank Motta, grew up at 15 Conant and 120 Commercial. He loved baseball and basketball. Just after his 17th birthday, he joined the Army. He attained the rank of corporal and was serving in the field artillery of the First Cavalry Division. On 9 October 1950, he wrote to his family from Korea to let them know everything was fine. Four days later, he was killed in action. It was to Corporal Motta — the first Cape end victim of the Korean War — that the four-and-a-half-acre Manuel V. Motta Athletic Field was dedicated in 1953. For 60 years, it was home to Provincetown High School’s Fishermen teams. It was substantially renovated in 2002.
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