PFC Richard Hamilton Griffin

PFC Richard Hamilton Griffin

Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Death 12 Dec 1944 (aged 19)
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot Section A Row 26 Grave 02
Memorial ID 56370737 · View Source
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Son of Mark A. Griffin, Sr. who resided in Asheville, North Carolina.

Richard served as a Private First Class, 83rd Chemical Battalion, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Mitchell County, North Carolina prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 10, 1943 at Camp Croft, South Carolina. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.

Richard was "Killed In Action" in France during the war. He was awarded the "Distinguished Service Cross" and the Purple Heart.

Service # 34608995

(Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett)


Distinguished Service Cross

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Private First Class Richard H. Griffin (ASN: 34608995), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 83d Chemical Mortar Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 12 December 1944. Private First Class Griffin's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 120 (1945)
Action Date: 12-Dec-44
Service: Army
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Company B
Battalion: 83d Chemical Mortar Battalion

Citation Synopsis submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson.


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56370737
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Richard Hamilton Griffin (29 Jan 1925–12 Dec 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56370737, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .