Saturday, November 19, 2016

PFC Luther Marshall Brizendine

PFC Luther Marshall Brizendine was born 5 Jun 1919 in Craig County, Virginia to Newton Marshall and Minerva (Craft) Brizendine.  His father farmed and sold produce.  In 1940, Luther was also working on a farm, probably his father's and had no income in 1939.

Luther was drafted in May 1941.  He was likely assigned to F Company 116th Infantry before the unit was sent overseas but certainly prior to D-Day.  On 11 Jul 1944, Luther was wounded and evacuated to hospital.  It was 14 Nov 1944 before Luther was returned to duty with F Company.  Only 5 days later, on 19 Nov 1944, PFC Brizendine was killed in action.  PFC Luther Marshall Brizendine was awarded the Bronze Star. 

PFC Brizendine is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.  

Luther's brother, Clyde Bertrand Brizendine served as a PVT with the 357th Infantry (90th Infantry Division) and was killed 11 Jan 1945.  PVT Clyde Bertrand Brizendine was also awarded the Bronze Star.  Clyde is also buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.  Younger brother Fred Monroe Brizendine also served 1944-1945. 

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