Veterans' Memorial Project

Richard Kipling Babbitt

Riverside, IL

World War II

College: Engineering

Graduation Year: 1940

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Date of Birth: 06/01/1917

Date of Death: 07/17/1942

Lt. Babbitt died in a plane crash at Drew Field, Tampa, Florida. He enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in Chicago, Illinois, on November 3, 1941. He earned the American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal, Lt. Bars, Pilot Wings, and WWII Victory Medal. He is buried at Fairmont Cemetery, Willow Springs, Illinois.

– submitted by James Opolony; information taken from Web site above and University and public records

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