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Sgt Richard M Lavigne

New Hampshire, USA
Death 25 Dec 1944 (aged 22–23)
At Sea
Burial Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
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Richard served as a Sergeant, 262nd Infantry Regiment, 66th Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Sullivan County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on April 7, 1943 in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was noted as being employed in the manufacture of textiles and also as Single, with dependents.

Richard was declared "Missing In Action" when the S.S. Léopoldville, on which he was a passenger, was torpedoed and sunk by the German Submarine U-486 while sailing between Southampton and Cherbourg during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 31268810

Approximately 763 soldiers were killed in this attack along with 56 crew members of the Léopoldville.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett




  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56646782
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Richard M Lavigne (1921–25 Dec 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56646782, citing Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .