We shall not forget


The Citadel Class of: 1944  padgett_1944_LorraineRP Padgett 1944 Lorraine
Cadet Company: C (4), 4th Battalion – Ordnance Sergeant (2)
Age: 22
Born: 16-Feb-23
Hometown: Walterboro, Colleton County, South Carolina
Family: Mr. & Mrs. C. Gadsen Padgett (parents), Lavinia Anne Ficken Padgett (wife)
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Servicenumber: O-553036
Entered the Service from: South Carolina
Function: not available
Regiment: 303rd Infantry Regiment
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Division: 97th Infantry Division
Company: “G”
Unit: not available
Date of death: 30-Apr-45
Status: KIA
Place of death: Tirschenreuth, Germany
Spot: not available
Awards: Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Plot E Row 37 Grave 37
Cemetery: Lorraine American Cemetery
Biography: not available
Other information: Activities – Standing Hop Committee (2) Major – Political Science

Lieut. Padgett Of Walterboro Dies in Germany
Walterboro, May 15 – (Special) – Official notice came from the United States war department announcing the death, April 30 of Second Lieut. Richard Paul Padgett in Germany. No details have been given. Lieutenant Padgett was the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Gadsden Padgett, and was in his senior year at The Citadel when his class was enlisted in the army. he was sent to Fort Benning to the Officers’ Candidate school, receiving his commission July 11, 1944. The next day he and Anne Ficken, daughter of W.E. Ficken and the late Mrs. Ficken, were married in Columbia. He was transferred to California for several months, and thence to the Western Front where he was on combat duty. While at The Citadel, Lieutenant Padgett was on the annual staff, the Hops, Ring and invitation committees. Surviving are his parents, his wife, and the following brothers and sister: C. G. Padgett, Jr., Walterboro; Brantley Padgett, Charleston; Vivienne Padgett, a senior at Furman university; his father, C. Gadsden Padgett, is president of the Bank of Walterboro and is a member of the state bank board. An interesting event today was the birth of a son to Lieutenant and Mrs. Padgett at the Es Dorn hospital in Walterboro. His name is Richard Paul. – Source: The State, 16 May 1945, p.3.

“We had only the highest regards for your husband, a gentleman and a proven soldier. When Governor Jeffries came to visit The Citadel at our centennial celebration in December, 1942, we chose Lieutenant Padgett from the entire cadet corps to act as aide to the governor that day.” – Source: Letter of Condolence to Mrs. L.A. Padgett from Gen. C.P. Summerall, President, The Citadel, dated 16 May 1945

Padgett – condolence letters Source: The Class of 1944, Claude K Hydrick Sr., 1994 (This is the yearbook the class of 1944 never got – basically a collection of information from those ’44 grads that were living in 1992 when the book started to take shape and then finally published in 1994).

Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Citadel Archive & Museum, Mike Stannard ’65, 1941 & 1943 Sphinx, Ancestry.com, Richland County Public Library, Colleton County Memorial Library, The Press and Standard Newspaper, Kevin Bristol ’92 We ask for your help. It is our objective to have complete and accurate records for each of our Citadel Men. If you have information to contribute or correct this or any other record, please contact us or see support. * Previous *                                                                                    * Back to List *                                                                                       * Next *

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  4. Dunn

    I am trying to find out exactly what Richard Paul Padgett’s unit did in Europe. Anyone who can give me details about his unit and his duties?

    April 18, 2015 at 10:31 pm

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