Saturday, July 2, 2016
PVT John Saxon Payne
After being drafted in September 1944 he spent about 10 days at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was then transferred to Camp Wheeler, Georgia for 17 weeks of training. After that it was to Fort Meade, Maryland and embarkation to the European theater arriving in England on 18 Apr 1944. From there it was on to France and on 13 Jun 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry. Due to cross-leveling after the tremendous losses in the regiment on and immediately following D-Day, he was again transferred this time to F Company 116th Infantry. He fought with that unit until killed in action on 2 Jul 1944.
PVT Payne was repatriated and re-interred at Edgewood Cemetery in Greenwood, South Carolina where he will rest forever with family members.