World War I Soldiers Remembered: Earlie Austin Rigsby

17 Aug

EarlieAustinRigsby reducedEarlie Austin Rigsby was born May 4, 1895 in Goochland. His parents were Washington and Amanda Rigsby He was a 22-year-old farmer when he was drafted. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, tall and had light brown eyes and light brown hair.

He was inducted into service on September 19, 1917 and sent to Camp Lee, Virginia, assigned to Co. C. He left Newport News, Virginia on September 27, 1918 aboard the “Patria”. He arrived at Brest, France on September 28, 1918. Shortly after he arrived in France, he was transferred to the front where he served for the duration of the war. According to his war record, he first saw action on November 3, 1918 and he was part of the Battle of Argonne Forest. He received the Bronze Star after being wounded in battle on November 10, 1918, leaving him in the Base Hospital for over a month.

He departed St. Nazaire, France aboard the “Matsonia” on June 18, 1919. He was suffering from chronic tonsillitis and the ship was carrying sick and wounded men. He arrived back in the U.S. at Newport News and was officially discharged on June 28 of the same year. About his service, he wrote that he was “perfectly willing to give my services to my country”

On December 7, 1920, he married Constance Bowles Hughes. Together they had 1 child. He passed away on January 26, 1966 at the age of 69 and is buried in the Forest Grove Church cemetery in Goochland, Virginia.

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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