Wednesday, October 10, 2018
PVT Maryland Virginia Griffith
Maryland volunteered for service with the 1st Virginia Infantry for Mexican Border duty in 1916. He and the unit were again called to duty for the war in Europe. After reorganization at Camp McClellan, Alabama PVT Griffith would find him assigned to Sanitary Detachment 116th Infantry which was commanded by CPT (Dr.) White, his father's friend. He sailed for France with his unit aboard the USS Finland. The ship departed Hoboken, New Jersey on 15 Jun 1918 and arrived at the port of Saint Nazaire, France on 28 Jun 1918. After training in trench warfare and a period of acclimatization in a "quiet" sector on the front, the 116th along with its division, the 29th, was part of a major offensive beginning on 8 Oct 1918. The next day Maryland and others from his unit were at a spring getting water for the regiment. The Germans had targeted the water source and shelled it. PVT Griffith was seriously wounded and evacuated to a hospital where he died on 10 Oct 1918.
Dr. White was instrumental in bringing PVT Griffith home where he was re-interred in Riverview Cemetery in Waynesboro, Virginia.
Our thanks to Nancy Sorrels for her previous research and article on Maryland in the 18 Feb 2012 issue of The News Leader.