Thursday, October 25, 2018

SGT Dennis Simmons Twiford

SGT Dennis Simmons Twiford was born 19 May 1892 in East Lake, North Carolina the 8th of 11 children born to Manliff Dickerson and Zenovia Adeline (Basnight) Twiford.  The family farmed but two of the older brothers were watermen.  In 1915, Dennis' mother Adeline died. In 1918 Dennis was farming.

After entering the Army, Dennis was assigned to E Company 116th Infantry.  He rose through the ranks to become a CPL and then a SGT.  According to published reports, SGT Twiford was wounded by 3 machinegun bullets striking him in the chest on 18 Oct 1918.  He died of those wounds on 25 Oct 1918.

SGT Twiford was repatriated in 1936 and re-interred in East Lake Baptist Church Cemetery in East Lake, North Carolina. 

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