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Gen George Collins Rickards
Birth: Aug. 25, 1860
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 15, 1933
Oil City
Venango County
Pennsylvania, USA

Major General George C. Rickards
Enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard on July 9, 1878 and had the distinction of having the longest continuous service of any officer or enlisted man in the Pennsylvania National Guard. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War General Rickards was a lieutenant colonel. He commanded the 16th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment on the Mexican Border, July 3, 1916-January 17, 1917. Rickards was ordered into federal service as the Commander, 112th Infantry, 28th Division during the First World War. Additionally, General Rickards served as acting Commander, 56th Infantry Brigade, September 7-30, 1918. Participated in all of the 112th's WWI campaigns, including Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, Oise-Marne, Meuse-Argonne, Champagne 1918, and Lorraine 1918. General Rickards received the Distinguished Service Medal for meritorious service during the First World War. He was mustered out of service with his regiment on May 6, 1919. Promoted to brigadier general in anticipation of the reorganization of the 28th Division. Under the 1920 Amendment to the National Defense Act, General Rickards became the first National Guard officer appointed Chief, Militia Bureau. His term as Chief lasted from 1921 to 1925, completing a career in the National Guard which spanned six decades.
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  William Rickards (1824 - 1900)
  George Collins Rickards (1860 - 1933)
  Louis St. George Rickards (1871 - 1933)*
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Grove Hill Cemetery
Oil City
Venango County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Herbert Rickards
Record added: Jun 01, 2009
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- Debra Graves Dawson
 Added: Sep. 5, 2016
** US Major General George C. Rickards, Thank you and GOD Bless you!
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian
 Added: Mar. 23, 2015
Your long service to our country is remembered by the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans.
- Sons of Spanish American War Veterans
 Added: Mar. 19, 2015
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