TEC5 Richard V. Stewart

459th Signal Construction Battalion

Richard was born on November 29, 1920 and raised in Marion, Indiana and graduated from high school in 1939. While attending embalming school in 1942, he received his draft notice and was inducted in the U.S. Army on December 31, 1942.

Richard received specialist training in communications and became a lineman responsible
for installing and repairing telephone lines. He landed on Omaha Beach in July, 1944 and continued to serve in France, Belgium and Germany providing area communications support for various Army Air Forces commands until the end of the war. Due to segregation during that time, and the fact that black soldiers were not allowed to fight alongside whites, Richard’s unit was called in after the fighting to run communication lines throughout the war-torn area.

Richard was discharged from the Army on November 13,1945.