|courtesy of C. Giano|
After being drafted, John was sent to England and assigned to K Company 116th Infantry. He trained for and participated in the amphibious attack on D-Day, 6 Jun 1944 at the beach code-named "Omaha". On 18 Aug 1944 he was promoted to PFC. PFC Richardson was killed in action on 30 Aug 1944 as his unit fought in the effort to capture Brest, France.
PFC Richardson rests forever in the Brittany American Cemetery.
Brother Otis Vester Richardson served in U.S. Army 1942-1946, Shields Worth Richardson served in the U.S. Army 1945-1947, Sampson Delano Richardson served in the U.S. Army 1956-1958. Great-grandfather, Herod Overbay, served as a PVT in E Company 2nd Tennessee Infantry (USA) in the Civil War.