|courtesy of Tim Bear|
Bertie was drafted in March 1944. After his basic military training he was sent to the European theater. PVT Rich was transferred from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry on 28 Oct 1944. He was killed in action on 4 Dec 1944 near Julich, Germany.
PVT Rich was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred in the Nocona Cemetery in Nocona, Texas.
Brother, Horace Edwin Rich, was killed in action on 21 Dec 1944 while serving as a SSG with G Company 26th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. He was also repatriated and re-interred with family at the Nocona Cemetery. Their great-grandfather, John Levi Billington, served as 3rd SGT in CPT Tyus' Company, 2nd Regiment Texas Mounted Volunteers (CSA) in the Civil War. Great-grandfather, Edward Cash Rich, served as 4th SGT, CPT Blythe's Company (A Company), 2nd Regiment Mississippi Infantry in the Mexican-American War.