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Gen George Collins Rickards

Gen George Collins Rickards

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 15 Jan 1933 (aged 72)
Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 37808884 · View Source
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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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  • Created by: Herbert Rickards
  • Added: 1 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37808884
  • Herbert Rickards
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gen George Collins Rickards (25 Aug 1860–15 Jan 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37808884, citing Grove Hill Cemetery, Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Herbert Rickards (contributor 10274696) .