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SGT Richard M Lavigne

Birth
New Hampshire, USA
Death
25 Dec 1944 (aged 22–23)
At Sea
Burial
Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Plot
Tablets Of The Missing
Memorial ID
56646782 View Source

On Christmas Eve 1944, the Belgium troopship SS Leopoldville, left the pier at Southampton, England with over 2,000 American soldiers assigned to the 66th Infantry Division and crossed the English Channel to France. Just 5 1/2 miles from its destination, Cherbourg, the Leopoldville was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-486. There were 763 American soldiers killed and the bodies of 493 were never recovered from the Channel's frigid 48 degree waters

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

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On Christmas Eve 1944, the Belgium troopship SS Leopoldville, left the pier at Southampton, England with over 2,000 American soldiers assigned to the 66th Infantry Division and crossed the English Channel to France. Just 5 1/2 miles from its destination, Cherbourg, the Leopoldville was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-486. There were 763 American soldiers killed and the bodies of 493 were never recovered from the Channel's frigid 48 degree waters

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

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  • Maintained by: Frogman
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56646782
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56646782/richard-m-lavigne: accessed ), memorial page for SGT Richard M Lavigne (1921–25 Dec 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56646782, citing Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France; Maintained by Frogman (contributor 47380828).