|courtesy of C. Giano|
Rene was drafted in December 1942. After he completed his basic military training he was sent to England and assigned to F Company 116th Infantry. He would have trained with the unit for the planned amphibious landings on the coast of Normandy, France and did take part in that assault on 6 Jun 1944. PFC Richard continued to fight with the unit until he was injured (a non-battle casualty) and evacuated to hospital. It must not have been too serious because he returned to the unit for duty on 11 Aug 1944. PFC Richard was killed in action on 5 Sep 1944 in the attack on Brest, France.
PFC Richard rests forever in the Brittany American Cemetery.