|Lt. L.D. Suggs Jr.|
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Honoring First Lieutenant L. D. Suggs Jr. -- KIA in Battle of the Bulge
Seventy years ago today, January 13, 1945, First Lieutenant L.D. Suggs Jr.
I came to know about Lt. Suggs and meet his son in a roundabout way. During World War II my late mother, Annie Lee Richardson Schlatter, was just out of high school and worked at Camp Van Dorn, a training base near her hometown of Centreville, Mississippi. After she passed away in 2007, I found her Camp Van Dorn ID card among her keepsakes. It was signed by Lt. Suggs, who was the camp Provost Marshall.
I was curious to know more about him, and through a Google search learned that he died in the war. I also learned he had a son, L.D. Suggs III, tracked him down and sent him a copy of the card. We met and played golf two years ago while my wife and I were snowbirds in South Carolina, and have become e-mail buddies. I have paid my respects at Lt. Suggs’ grave in Loris, SC.
We can never repay families like the Suggs, who sacrificed so much in defense of our freedom.