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Monday, February 18, 2013

Military Monday–S/Sgt. Thomas C. Rivers

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S/SGT. THOMAS C. RIVERS KILLED IN ACTION - Word has been received by the W. W. Rivers that his cousin Staff Sergeant Thomas C. Rivers, was killed in action in France, September 2d. Sgt. Rivers entered service September 30, 1942. He received his basic training in Texas and Wisconsin. He then was sent to Northern Ireland and from there he was sent to England. He was sent to France on D-Day. He was born on May 14, 1921, and he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rivers. Sgt. Rivers will long be remembered by his many friends and relatives.[The Chesterfield Advertiser, 5 October 1944, Page 1.] [1]


U.S. Veteran Tombstone Application [2] Thomas C. Rivers, S/N 34386517


Thomas C. Rivers

Thomas C. Rivers tombstone at Zoar Cemetery (Chesterfield County, SC) shows that he was born May 14, 1921 and died Sept. 02, 1944. It also shows that he was a Staff Sergeant assigned to 9th Infantry, 2nd Division, WWII. [3]

I wonder why a man who was killed in action (KIA) is not listed on the World War II, Honor List of Dead and Missing, State of South Carolina <http://media.nara.gov/media/images/29/18/29-1768a.gif> [4]

Thomas C. Rivers was a son of Frederick “Bud” Rivers and Mary Della Liles.

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[1] S/Sgt. Thomas C. RIVERS obituary, The Chesterfield Advertiser, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, 5 October 1944, Page 1.
[2] "U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963," on-line digital images, ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 15 February 2013), Thomas C. RIVERS; citing Applications for Headstones, compiled 01/01/1925 - 06/30/1970, documenting the period ca. 1776 - 1970 ARC: 596118. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774–1985, Record Group 92.: 1774–1985.
[3] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 840. Tombstone of Thomas C. RIVERS; 14 May 1921–2 September 1944, Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
[4] World War II, Honor List of Dead and Missing, Sate of South Carolina  <http://media.nara.gov/media/images/29/18/29-1776a.gif>

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