His good deeds to the servicemen aboard troop trains during World War II brought him the honor of being named “America’s Good Neighbor” in a contest on the Tom Brennaman Radio Show. This information was heard by a local resident who regularly listened to the popular radio program…
J. Richard Griffin Dies (age-105) – January 26th, 2020. Former Crew Lake Native, 1934 graduate of Start High, and “The First Mayor of Sarepta, Louisiana”
John Richard Griffin, extraordinary, special, intelligent, respectful, thoughtful, grateful, modest, determined, devoted, courageous, strong-willed, eternally optimistic – that’s how anyone who knew Richard would describe him.
Remembering Harry Wayne Addison (1920-2003) – AUDIO
The family often joked that going anywhere with “Pa” would take ‘ forever because he would stop and talk to everyone he saw. But that was part of Harry’s charm. A noted and gifted writer, Mr. Addison authored three great books, Write that Down for Me Daddy, RFD 3, and Mama Was a Con Man, Papa Was a Christian. He also spent many years traveling the south as a guest speaker. Hearing Harry speak was a treat; his humor and wit will go unmatched.
Letter Describing the Account of the Death of Pfc. Matt Hill, of Archibald, in WWI, ca 1919
A letter from Lieutenant Clinton J. Greene, Chaplain with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, to Mr. Elbert Hill, of Archibald, telling how hi. brother, Private Matt Hill, gave his life for his country. Young Hill had made his home with his brother in this parish for the past five year and was universally loved just for the same virtues he displayed at the time of his great sacrifice.
Pfc. Wilbur Christian, WWI casualty on March 24, 1918. Buried in Arlington National Cemetery
This young Richland Parish patriot was killed in action in the Beaumont sector in France, being wounded on March 22nd, 1918, by German shell, and died in hospital on March 24th. 1918. His remains found temporary burial in the Sebastopol Barracks cemetery in France, and were returned to his native soil the other day to find final renting place in the great military cemetery which overlooks the Potomac across the river from Washing ton, D.C.
John L. Brice, of Rayville KIA in France, WWI, ca 1918.
John L Brice, of Co. M. 163rd U. S. Infantry, was killed in action July 24, 1918. The young man enlisted from Bienville parish in 1916, going overseas on June 2nd, 1916, from Camp Beauregard. He also saw service on the border of Mexico.
Cpl. John Archibald Livingston, of Rayville, Killed in Korean War, ca 1952
“All the front line soldiers live in bunkers, as you know, and these bunkers require periodic repairs because of the damage caused by heavy rains and the consequent soil erosion. John was working on the improvement of this bunker when enemy morter fire began falling on his company’s position. An enemy shell exploded very close to the bunker on which John was working, and he was killed instantly.” Mr. and Mrs. Livingston have received information that the body of their son is expected to be returned home about the middle of October.
How Sacksonia, Louisiana Got It’s Name; An Immigrant Story Of Bountiful Success and Tragic Loss
What began as basic research into the name of a little known community in Richland Parish, Louisiana, led to the discovery of a man whose life story demonstrated great success; but ended shockingly different than I might ever have imagined. It is a story of much more than a place name, and one that I hope will now be around for a long time.
Pfc. James E. Kimball, of West Carroll, Son of Robert Kimball of Richland, Killed in Action In Korean War, ca 1953
James E. Kimball KIA – Korean War Thu, Apr 2, 1953 – 1 · The West Carroll Gazette (Oak Grove, Louisiana) Pfc. James E. Kimball, 21, a former resident of West Carroll… Read More
Cpl. Ernest J. Wisenor, of Rayville, KIA In Korean War, ca 1950
Corporal Wisenor was a member of the 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on August 13, 1950. Corporal Wisenor was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Herman Lamar Driskell, Jr. Killed In Korean War, ca 1950
Family Told Lt. Driskell Killed in Korean War. Driskell was forced to march to North Korea on the “Tiger Death March”, and shot by a guard on a train to Manpo, North Korea on September 7, 1950.
Pfc. Monroe Cater, Jr. first Richland Parish casualty in Korean War, ca 1950
Pfc. Monroe Cater, Jr. first Richland Parish casualty of Korean War
Pfc. Ted C. Burgess, of Dunn, KIA During Korean War, ca 1950
Ted enlisted in the Marine Corps early in 1943 and participated in the battles of two Jima and Sai-pan and was a member of the occupation forces in Japan. He was discharged from the service in 1947 and re-enlisted in February, 1948. As a private first class, he accompanied his unit when it sailed for the Korean conflict on’ August 17. On September 8 he wrote from Pusan to tell his parents that he had not yet been in battle but that he believed he would be within a short time. No further news was received of him until the official notification of his death.
Cpl. Glynn Ray Biggs, of Delhi Killed During Korean War, ca 1950. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Corporal Biggs was a member of the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was seriously wounded in action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on August 7, 1950, and died later that day. Corporal Biggs was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Cpl. Billy F. Reddick, age 19, Makes Supreme Sacrifice in Korean War. Reddick’s Heroism and Bravery Recognized In Numerous Press Reports, ca 1952
The following clips include several references to Billy Reddick, of Rayville, who was ultimately killed in the Korean War at the young age of 19. The following articles are in chronological order, and tell of Reddick’s Bravery, Heroism, and Ultimate Sacrifice.
Remembering Korean War Casualties of Richland Parish
“Our Nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met”-Korean War Memorial Eight heroic soldiers are on record… Read More
Former Confederate Captain R.H.G. Gaines Dies, 1922.
He has lived an exemplary life of honesty, faithfulness and service for good, and his influence will long be felt. He was as brave and unselfish and generous, a man as we have we have ever known, and his charity knew no bounds. His fearless and spotless manhood should be an inspiration to all his young friends.
The Last Confederate Veteran of Richland Parish – David Corbin Ker (1847-1940)
Concerning the joint convention of Union and Confederates veterans at Gettysburg in 1838, he stated: “My wife don’t want me to go, she thinks I’ll get in another fight with them d—Yankees, and maybe I would, Mr. Ker said.” David Corbin Ker
Handwritten Letter from John W. Swett Detailing Service In Civil War
John W. Swett lived on Boeuf River on the Richland Parish/Caldwell Parish line. According to James Swett, one of his descendants, John W. Swett is buried in Etier Cemetery, located in Richland… Read More
Letter Home from Captain A.P. Parham, with a tank force in Italy. WWII 1945
Letter home from Capt. A. P. Parham with tank force in Italy Sat, Jan 6, 1945 – 3 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com