World War I Soldiers Remembered: Claude Raymond Faudree

20 Apr

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Claude Raymond Faudree was born December 12, 1894 in Johnson Springs, Virginia. Claude’s father was William Rice Faudree and his mother was Zelmira Pendleton Childress. Claude was a 22 year old farmer when he was drafted on September 19, 1917 and sent to Camp Lee.

He was inducted into service on September 19, 1917 and sent to Camp Lee, Virginia, assigned to Co. C, 317 infantry, 80th Division. He was a private and became the company cook. He left Newport News, Virginia on May 26, 1918 onboard the USS Mongolia. He arrived at Brest France on June 8, 1918. Shortly after he arrived in France, Claude proceeded to Calais and Somme. He participated in several battles: Somme offensive, St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne, better known as the Battle of Argonne Forest, the largest battle in United States military history. He was awarded the Victory Service Ribbon and the Bronze Star.

After the war, Faudree traveled back to Newport News aboard the Nansemond on June 7, 1919 and was officially discharged on July 13 of the same year. About his service, he wrote “war is a very sad thing and to kill a man that loves his life as well as you…is a hard thing to do some times.”

Faudree returned to Johnson Springs and to farming. He married Geneva Corine Childress and fathered three children. He passed away on December 28, 1931 at the age of 37 from stomach cancer and is buried in the Goochland Baptist Church cemetery.

If you have any photographs of World War I service men and women from Goochland, please contact the Goochland County Historical Society. We would love to scan your photographs and add them to the World War I Commemorative Collection. Contact us at 804-556-3966 or at goochlandhistory@comcast.net.

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