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SSgt Richard Davis Goforth

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SSgt Richard Davis Goforth Veteran

Birth
Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas, USA
Death
16 Jun 1944 (aged 22)
Italy
Burial
Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy Add to Map
Plot
Tablets of the Missing
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Service No. (ASN): 38341278

Amarillo Globe-News June 14, 1998

Don Goforth flies an American flag at his house and at his business. But the flag that means the most to him will soon be placed in a glass case he has ordered.

On Memorial Day, a flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol building was presented to his 96-year-old-mother, Lois Goforth, in belated tribute to her son, Staff Sgt. Richard Goforth, who died in World War II.

"It's really meant a lot to both of us," Don Goforth said. "I really didn't think it would make that much difference, but it did."

Don Goforth said his mother has mentioned to him several times how much she appreciates the flag and the ceremony held at the Field of Valor monument in Llano Cemetery.

Richard Goforth's B-17 was shot down over Europe on June 16, 1944, when he was 22 years old. Private citizens buried him there, so Lois Goforth had never received the flag that would have been presented to her in a military funeral. The Amarillo unit of the Civil Air Patrol became aware of the oversight and arranged for the flag presentation.
Service No. (ASN): 38341278

Amarillo Globe-News June 14, 1998

Don Goforth flies an American flag at his house and at his business. But the flag that means the most to him will soon be placed in a glass case he has ordered.

On Memorial Day, a flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol building was presented to his 96-year-old-mother, Lois Goforth, in belated tribute to her son, Staff Sgt. Richard Goforth, who died in World War II.

"It's really meant a lot to both of us," Don Goforth said. "I really didn't think it would make that much difference, but it did."

Don Goforth said his mother has mentioned to him several times how much she appreciates the flag and the ceremony held at the Field of Valor monument in Llano Cemetery.

Richard Goforth's B-17 was shot down over Europe on June 16, 1944, when he was 22 years old. Private citizens buried him there, so Lois Goforth had never received the flag that would have been presented to her in a military funeral. The Amarillo unit of the Civil Air Patrol became aware of the oversight and arranged for the flag presentation.

Inscription

S SGT 773 BOMB SQ 463 BOMB GP(H) TEX

Gravesite Details

Entered the service from Texas.



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