134th Infantry Regiment
"All Hell Can't Stop Us"
Pvt. Richard H. "Dick" Evans was assigned to the 35th division on Sept. 12, 1944, from a replacement depot at Verdun. He was one of 113 replacement riflemen who arrived at Fort de Pont St. Vincent, France, the following day. Before he was killed in action at Armaucourt on September 30, 1944, he participated in the liberation of Manhoue and Han. He was buried at Andilly Cemetery, and later reburied in his native Oklahoma City, OK. He left behind his wife, Nell; his daughter Paula (Pat); his son, Harlan; his parents, Jess and Lela; siblings and his office staff at American First Title and Trust Co., where he was an abstractor. He earned the Combat Infantry Badge (Bronze Star); Good Conduct Medal and Sharpshooters Badge.
Dedicated to Richard Harlan Evans, the 35th Division and the American orphans
The plaque was instigated by Espace de Memoire Lorraine 1939-45 and financed by the associations of Espace de Memoire Lorraine 1939-45, Anciens Combattants of Flavigny and Souvenir Francaise of Flavigny, and the commune of Armaucourt. It was unveiled on September 16, 2001, the day following the 47th anniversary of the liberation of Nancy by the 35th Division. The Armaucourt ceremony was the focus of regional newspaper, television and radio coverage for the Liberation weekend. It was used to symbolize French gratitude and tributes to the nearly 18,000 Americans killed in the Lorraine Campaign, a greater number than that of the Normandy Campaign.
- Photographs and biography submitted by Paula Evans Baker and Jerome Leclerc