Richard H. Degenhardt was born on September 10, 1914 in New Jersey to John H. and Elsa A. Degenhardt. He was married to Winifred M. Booth and lived in Onondaga Countey, NY. Before going into service, Lt Degenhardt was employed in the sales office of Crucible Steel. When he enlisted on November 19, 1942 in Syracuse, NY, he was noted as being employed as an Apprentice to other trades and also as Single, with dependents. He received his commission in the Infantry at Fort Benning, Ga., in July of 1943. He volunteered as a paratrooper and received his wings in September of 1943. While deployed overseas he participated in the invasions of Normandy, Holland and Belgium, winning the Infantry Combat Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation and three Silver Stars. He was Killed in Action on January 5, 1945 and is now buried in Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Hombourg, Belgium.