RICHARD E. RICHTMAN
It is significant to us that faces of the soldiers
are moulded after the ones of GI's who died in Périers or its area
Richard Edmund Richtman (1924-1944)
He had a sister named Dorothy, two years older, and a younger one, June, two years younger.
|Richard E. Richman,
a happy guy,
Story by his sister June Dooley
When Richard was 15 years old, he saved an eight year old boy from drowning in Lake Michigan. The family knew nothing about it until his Dad read about it in the newspaper ! He did many, many "good deeds" but didn't talk about them.
When he left for service he said : "Hey, don't worry about me - Only the good die young !"
What a true statement !
Dick was a happy guy - sang and whistled about the house. His nickname, in the family was "Dickie Bird". He was kind and considarate. He tought me how to tie my shoes when I was little and tough me how to drive when I was was 16 - Only two things among hundreds. He had a strong faith in God and Jesus-Christ.
James Richman, our father, remarried shortly before Richards death. He was devastated when Dick was killed July 26, 1944 in Périers and died of an heart attack 18 months later ! His grief was on-going and strong. Unfortunately memorabilia about Dick is almost non-existant because his new wife destroyed all reminders of Richard that were on the house, thinking she was helping the situation.
|His fate ends tragically
on Wednesday July 26, 1944
on the soil of Périers
In the early morning of June 7, 1944, the troop carrier S.S. Suzan B. Anthony, while shipping men towards Utah-Beach, hits a mine and sinks within two hours. The 2.317 men of the 90th, among them is Richard, are all safe and rescued by other ships. There are no lethal casualties, but the men land with no armament or equipment.
|53 years later, his younger sister June Dooley
comes to recollect before his grave...
I sworn I would be back some day...
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|His brothers in arms relate hour by hour the awful battle : statements from Captain Orwin
Talbott, commanding G Company, and from Sergeant Wilton H. Bargar, radio operator for Captain Edward Lienhart,
commanding E Company
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|Richard who would never become twenty... His birthday was on November 26, 1944. He is buried in the Omaha-Beach American Cemetery at Colleville Saint-Laurent under the grave C-13-9|
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