We shall not forget

Second Citadel Man at Lorraine American Cemetery

In my previous post, I remarked that at Lorraine American Cemetery, the largest American WWII cemetery in Europe, a lone Citadel Man rests in peace – 1Lt Peter Franklin Cureton, Jr., Class of 1940 – a “fact” which just never has sat right with me. For that reason, and, because there is still so much to be learned about all our Citadel Men remembered here, I frequently go back down previous research paths to check if I missed anything, or if new information has come to light.

Last Friday night, I was reviewing a database when I came across a single new entry in one of 2000 data fields. I went back and checked lists from 2010 and 2011 and then cross-checked these against more lists from another source. Long story short, there is, in fact, a second Citadel Man whose final resting place is Lorraine American Cemetery in France [1] –

1LT RICHARD PAUL PADGETT
Class of 1944
padgett_1944_Lorraine

Paul Padgett hailed from Walterboro, South Carolina and majored in Political Science at The Citadel. He was a member of Cadet Company C his freshman year, and he was the 4th Battalion Ordnance Sergeant his junior year. The Standing Hop Committee photograph in the 1943 Sphinx – the school’s yearbook – shows him standing next to Cadet First Sergeant Creswell Garlington, Jr.  Second Lieutenant Garlington, who posthumously received the Distinguished Service Cross, also rests in peace in Europe at Netherlands American Cemetery.

Standing Hop Committee non-seniors 1943 Sphinx p241

Paul, Cres, and almost all of their 1944 classmates – known as “The Class That Never Was” – left The Citadel at the end of their junior year for the war.

In Europe, 2Lt Padgett served with Company G, 303rd Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. He was killed-in-action in the vicinity of Tirschenreuth on April 30, 1945, just eight days before Nazi Germany surrendered. His regiment was operating at that time in an area of the Sudetenland along the German-Czech border.

An In Memoriam page has been created for Paul, and all relevant pages – Alphabetical List, Lorraine, etc. – have been updated. Because he is a new addition to The Citadel Memorial Europe, there has not yet been time to research and collect information about him and his life. For Richard, and for all of these men, there is still much work to be done.

There are many ways you can help and support the effort. Please contact me if wish to contribute or volunteer to help with research. Please visit our Support page to learn more.

Together, we honor and remember our Citadel Men.

/RL

[1] Author’s note: Since we published this story, we have confirmed that a third Citadel Man rests in eternal peace at Lorraine American Cemetery – LTC Joseph Carr Davis, Class of 1932. His daughter has shared with us his story which we have posted here.

3 responses

  1. Maurice Heemels

    Roger,

    Well done, another last resting place of a Citadel Man taken out of it’s anonymity!

    Maurice

    December 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm

  2. benning7

    For more information about American World War II cemeteries in Europe, please take a look at my blog. I think you’ll be glad you did.

    Jean

    December 22, 2012 at 3:59 am

  3. Pingback: One Year of The Citadel Memorial Europe | The Citadel Memorial Europe

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