|courtesy of Frogman|
Chester was drafted in October 1943. After his basic military training he was sent to Europe and on 22 Jun 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry. PVT Payton was killed in action on 30 Jun 1944.
PVT Payton rests forever in the Normandy American Cemetery. There is also a cenotaph in the Bethany United Methodist Cemetery in New Middleton, Indiana.
Chester's great-grandfather, Thomas H. Ellis, served as a PVT in I Company 11th Indiana Cavalry in the Civil War.