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WAVERLY, GA AND BUCKSPORT - Richard Godfrey was born in Springfield MA on November 9, 1925, the son of Walter E. Godfrey and Gladys Bolton Godfrey. He passed away at his home in Waverly, GA on July 28, 2015 with the love of his life Patty at his side.

At the age of 17 Richard began his military career. He enlisted in the Marine Corp on September 30, 1943, during World War II. His first battle

would come less than 2 months later at

Bougainville. In 1945 he boarded the USS

Missoula to travel to Saipan where he boarded LST-481 bound for Iwo Jima. PFC Godfrey served on Iwo Jima as a light machine gun crewman and demolition specialist with the famed 5th Marine Division, 28th Marines, Easy Company

and was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in battle. He transferred to the Marine Corp Reserve in 1946 and was honorably discharged in 1951 at the rank of Sergeant. Forever a military man, in 1969 Richard joined the 101st Fighter Interceptor Wing, Maine Air National Guard and was assigned to the Civil Engineering Flight as a

Structural Specialist. He spent the remainder of his military career with the 101st working his way through the ranks. In 1985 Chief Master Sergeant Godfrey

retired from the Maine Air National Guard and the Air Force. Richard was a multifaceted man, who could tell you stories about being a professional

hockey player, landscaper, blaster, builder, farmer, commercial fisherman, road and grounds foreman, and veteran. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 8385 Kingsbay, GA; MOPH and DAV. Richard

was also a member of 2nd Marine Division Assoc.; Company E, 28th Marines Assoc.; Marine Corp League and Bangor Lodge of Elks #244.

He was predeceased by his son Richard W. Godfrey. He is survived by his

wife Patricia Whiting Godfrey and his daughters, Diane Godfrey and husband Tony Silva, Lucinda Godfrey and Melissa Mondgreen.

Committal services with military honors will be held at Pine Hill Cemetery, Swetts Pond Rd, Orrington on Sunday, September 20th at 1pm. Friends,

relatives and associates are invited to attend.
Published on  September 15, 2015
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