Friday, October 12, 2018

CPL Garnett C. Richmond

courtesy of Ann Cady
CPL Garnett C. Richmond was born in May 1894 in Rural Retreat, Virginia.  He was the 7th of 9 children born to William Asbury and Alice May (Litton) Richmond. The family farmed and his father became a produce shipper.

After entering the service, Garnett was assigned to M Company 116th Infantry and trained with the unit at Camp McClellan, Alabama.  He sailed with the unit for France aboard the USS Finland, departing Hoboken, New Jersey on 15 Jun 1918.  The ship arrived in the port of Saint Nazaire on 28 Jun 1918. The unit then went through trench warfare training. The 29th Division of which the 116th Regiment was a part, was then assigned to the front lines in a "quiet" sector.  On 8 Oct 1918, a major effort began in which the Division took part and CPL Richmond was killed in action on 12 Oct 1918.

CPL Richmond was repatriated in 1921 and re-interred in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

Younger brother, Charles Lawrence Richmond, served as a PVT in World War 1. 

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