Sunday, September 4, 2016
SGT Arthur Ray Payne
Arthur was drafted in March 1943. After his basic military training and before he was sent to the European theater he married Elizabeth Louise Crouch. On 5 Jul 1944 PFC Payne was transferred from the replacement depot to L Company 116th Infantry. He fought with the unit at Saint-Lo and Vire. SGT Payne was wounded in the attack on Brest on 2 Sep 1944 and died of his wound(s) on 4 Sep 1944. We do not know when he was promoted to SGT.
SGT Payne was repatriated in 1952 and re-interred in Hill Cemetery in Middleport, Ohio.
Arthur and Elizabeth had no children. Younger brother, Homer Edward Payne, served as a PFC in the U.S. Army 1956 to 1958.