|courtesy of Frogman|
Joseph had been in the National Guard and had been discharged before voluntarily enlisting again as a SGT in April 1941. He was probably assigned to G Company 116th Infantry at Fort Meade, Maryland soon after his enlistment. He would then have trained with the unit in the Carolina maneuvers and at Camp Blanding, Florida before sailing for England aboard the Queen Mary in September 1942. Once in England he would have participated in all the training the unit underwent when preparing for the amphibious assault that ultimately took place on 6 Jun 1944. TSGT Riddick fought with the unit until killed in action on 18 Jun 1944.
TSGT Riddick is buried in Normandy American Cemetery.
Joseph's 2 youngest brothers also served. SSG James Oliver Riddick served in G Company 116th Infantry 1939-1945. MSG Charles Flournoy Riddick retired from the Army in December 1970.