A Virtual Cemetery created by Greg Raike

Bedford Boys

Operation Overlord was the code name for the Battle of Normandy. On June 6, 1944, Operation Neptune, commonly known as D-Day, began.32 Virginia Guard Soldiers from Bedford's Company A, 116th Infantry, 29th Division were part of the first wave of more than 160,000 Allied troops that landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany and begin the march across Europe to defeat Hitler. Company A assaulted Omaha Beach on the west end as part of the First Division's Task Force O and by the end of the day, 19 of the company's Bedford Soldiers were dead and two more died later in the Normandy campaign as did yet another two assigned to other 116th Infantry companies. Bedford's population in 1944 was about 3,200, and proportionally the community suffered the nation's most severe losses on D-Day, as well as all of World War II.The Bedford County, Virginia Army National Guard soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice are: SSgt Leslie C Abbott Jr., PFC Wallace R. Carter, PFC John D. Clifton, T/Sgt Frank Price Draper Jr., Capt Taylor Nicholas Fellers, PFC Nick N. Gillaspie, Pvt Bedford Turner Hoback, SSgt Raymond S. Hoback, Pvt Clifton G. Lee, SSG Earl L. Parker , PFC Jack G. Powers, PFC Weldon Antonio Rosazza, PFC John F. Reynolds, SSgt John B. Schenk, TSgt Ray O. Stevens, Master Sgt John L. Wilkes, SSgt Gordon H. White Jr., SSgt Elmere P. Wright, Sgt Grant C. Yopp

19 memorials
SSGT Leslie Comer Abbott, Jr

SSGT Leslie Comer Abbott, Jr

7 Oct 1921 – 6 Jun 1944

Bedford, Bedford County, Virginia, USA

 Wallace R Carter

Wallace R Carter

31 Jan 1923 – 6 Jun 1944

Bedford, Bedford County, Virginia, USA

 John Clifton

John Clifton

18 Jun 1923 – 6 Jun 1944

Bedford, Bedford County, Virginia, USA

 Frank Price Draper, Jr

Frank Price Draper, Jr

16 Sep 1918 – 6 Jun 1944

Bedford, Bedford County, Virginia, USA

Capt Taylor Nicholas Fellers

Capt Taylor Nicholas Fellers

10 Jun 1914 – 6 Jun 1944

Bedford, Bedford County, Virginia, USA

PFC Nick Napoleon Gillaspie

PFC Nick Napoleon Gillaspie

28 Mar 1918 – 6 Jun 1944

Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France

Pvt Bedford Turner Hoback

Pvt Bedford Turner Hoback

15 Sep 1913 – 6 Jun 1944

Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France

SSgt Raymond S. Hoback

SSgt Raymond S. Hoback

21 Jan 1920 – 6 Jun 1944

Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France

Pvt Clifton G. Lee

Pvt Clifton G. Lee

1917 – 6 Jun 1944

Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France

Sgt Earl Lloyd Parker

Sgt Earl Lloyd Parker Cenotaph

22 Jan 1914 – 6 Jun 1944

Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France

PFC Jack Gilbert Powers

PFC Jack Gilbert Powers

1920 – 6 Jun 1944

Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France

 John Franklin Reynolds

John Franklin Reynolds

13 Nov 1922 – 6 Jun 1944

Bedford, Bedford County, Virginia, USA

PFC Weldon Antonio Rosazza

PFC Weldon Antonio Rosazza

11 Sep 1921 – 6 Jun 1944

Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France

SSgt John Burwell Schenk

SSgt John Burwell Schenk

1916 – 6 Jun 1944

Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France

 Ray O Stevens

Ray O Stevens

12 Aug 1919 – 6 Jun 1944

Bedford, Bedford County, Virginia, USA

Sgt Gordon H. White, Jr

Sgt Gordon H. White, Jr

31 Dec 1921 – 6 Jun 1944

Forest, Bedford County, Virginia, USA

 John L Wilkes

John L Wilkes

20 Jul 1919 – 6 Jun 1944

Bedford, Bedford County, Virginia, USA

SSgt Elmere P. Wright

SSgt Elmere P. Wright

1915 – 6 Jun 1944

Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France

Sgt Grant Collins Yopp

Sgt Grant Collins Yopp

27 May 1923 – 6 Jun 1944

Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France

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