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1918 Plane Part
Submitted by James

I opened a box in my basement here in Columbia, Tn last week and found this fabric scrap. It was in a sack of old photos that had been sent to me after my Aunt Ruth Richards (who was married to Robert Ayres McIlvain) passed away. It mentions a "Dick Richards", but so far I don't know who he was. He had to be a kin, though. My grandfather Arthur James Richards lived in Lorain all of his life and was the manager at the Gas Co a long time ago. My grandmother was Florence James Richards. Her brother Bill's wife, Twila James, was still living a few years ago in Lorain when I checked.

A. J. Richards was my grandfather. He didn't have a brother named Dick, but that's probably a nickname. Dick was probably DeForest R. Richards. This is some help to me down below. I haven't found the name of his wife, yet. If DeForest's middle name was Richard, that would explain the nickname "Dick".

Assigns Comment: 158 Depot Brigade to 21 Apr 1918; Headquarters Company 322 Infantry to Discharge Private, first class 16 July 1918; Corporal 1 Oct 1918; Sergeant 22 Apr 1919. Vittorio-Veneto; Defensive Sector. American Expeditionary Forces 8 June 1918 to 14 Apr 1919. Honorable discharge 5 May 1919. Volume #: 14 Source Information: Ohio Military Men, 1917-18. [database on-line] Provo, UT:, 2000. Original data from: Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the World War, 1917-1918, Volumes I-XXIII. Columbus, OH: F. J. Heer Printing Co., 1926. DeForest Richards served with the 332nd Infantry in WWI in Italy.


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