Homan, Richard Wilson, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
610-Antitank Gun Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1945-1946, U.S. Nuremberg Military Tribunal (NMT)
Service Years
1944 - 1947


One Service Stripe

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Homan, Richard Wilson (Past VFW Nat'l Cdr), Sgt.
Contact Info
Home Town
Sugar Grove, WV
Last Address
Franklin, WV

Date of Passing
Jun 21, 2010
Location of Interment
Cedar Hill Cemetery - Franklin, West Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

 Unofficial Badges 

Armor Shoulder Cord

 Military Association Memberships
Post 9666, Our Five Boys PostChapter 8Post 30
  1950, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 9666, Our Five Boys Post (National President) (Sugar Grove, West Virginia) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1950, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 8 (Member) (Martinsburg, West Virginia) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1950, American Legion, Post 30 (Member) (Franklin, West Virginia) [Verified] - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Richard Wilson Homan, age 87, passed away on Monday, June 21, 2010 at his residence in Franklin, WV.  Mr. Homan was born on January 14, 1923 in Sugar Grove, WV, the son of the late Dr. Virgil Ray Homan, Sr. and the late Leafy A. Mitchell Homan.  On August 14, 1964, Richard married Jean Ann Simmons, who survives in Franklin.  He worked for Kiser Roller Mill, Sugar Grove, and was elected to the Board of Directors at Pendleton County Bank, Franklin from 1952-2010, President from 1969-2010 and CEO from 1972-2000.  Richard was a member of Francis Asbury United Methodist Church in Sugar Grove, where he was teacher and Sunday School Superintendent.  He attended Sugar Grove Elementary School and graduated as Salutatorian from Franklin High School in 1941 and from Bridgewater College (VA) in 1950 with a BA in Math.  He was the recipent of the Distinguished West Virginian Award.

Mr. Homan was a WW II US Army Veteran having been inducted into Company A, 220th Infantry Training Battalion, Camp Blanding, FL.  He went overseas to Europe where he served with the 610th Tank Destroyer Battalion.  He served in the Rhineland and Central Germany Campaigns and was promoted to Sergeant at the end of WW II.  Richard was then assigned to the International Military Tribunal at Nuremburg, Germany, during trials of top Nazi leaders. 

He was a charter member of VFW Post 9666 at Sugar Grove, which he helped to organize and where he served through all the chairs to Commander (VFW Department 1957, Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief 1966, Sr. Vice Commander-in-Chief 1967, Commander-in-Chief 1968). 

He served two terms as District Commander and served as Chairman of every major committee in the West Virginia Veterans Department and was then elected Deparment Commander in 1957, where he served six years on the National Council of Administration, National Legislative Committee, National Security Committee, National Awards and Citations Committee, National Budget and Finance Committee and as Chairman of the National Loyalty Day Committee. 

During his service in the National Chairs of the VFW, he traveled in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries in Europe and spent several weeks studying first hand the conditions in the Far East, where he visited Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan, the Island Fortress of Quemoy, Hong Kong, Okinawa, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Phillipines.

Mr. Homan was a member/President of Pendleton County Board of Education, a member of Pendleton County Board of Health, Town Council of Franklin, Pendleton County Extension Service Committee, served four 6-year terms on Veterans Council of West Virginia Department of Veteran Affairs, and was a Corridor H supporter.  He was a charter/life member of VFW Post 9666, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, West Virginia Bankers Association (Past President 91-92), Pendleton County Industrial Development Authority, Area Three Governor Caperton's Partnership for Progress, 32nd Degree Mason – Pendleton Lodge 144 AF & AM. 

Mr. Homan was instrumental with the water-line extension to Entry Mountain, securing  Hanover Shoe Company and Franklin Garment Company to the area through the original Pendleton Industries group (now Pendleton County Economic and Development Authority), and construction of the access road to Pendleton Community Building/Town Park. 

In addition to his wife, Mr. Homan is survived by:  3 Daughters, Amy Byrd DePoy of Harrisonburg, VA, Mary Carter Homan of San Diego, CA, Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Sheets and Husband Kenny of Martinsburg, WV; 3 Brothers, Reid Homan of Sugar Grove, Virgil R. Homan, Jr. and Wife Jeanne of Sugar Grove, John F. Homan and Wife Loretta of Shepherdstown, WV; 2 Granddaughters, Hannah Byrd DePoy and Evelyn Carter DePoy, both of Harrisonburg, VA.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Homan was preceded in death by: 2 Brothers, Morris M. Homan, Walter Byrd Homan; and a Son-in-Law, William Anderson “Andy” DePoy (May 21, 2010).
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About the 610th Tank Destroyer Battalion:

Activated on 11 April 1942 at Camp Barkeley, Texas, as a towed battalion. Arrived Greenock, Scotland, on 11 June 1944. Landed at Utah Beach on 31 July 1944. Committed to action 10 August near Craon, France, and participated in elimination of Falaise Pocket. Raced east to the Moselle River by September.

Converted to the M36 in September–October. Helped clear Maginot Line fortifications in November. Ordered to the Ardennes on 21 December 1944.

Helped eliminate the Bulge in January 1945. Battled through Siegfried Line in February near Brandscheid. Transferred back south in March. Crossed the Rhine at Worms on 29 March 1945. Raced through central and southern Germany in April and reached the vicinity of Munich by month’s end. Ended war in Ingolstadt. Attached to: 4th, 26th, 35th, 42d, 80th, 87th Infantry divisions; 101st Cavalry Group.

It was first deployed with the 26th Division on November 12, remaining with it for a month during the fighting in the Saar. It served with the 87th Division during the middle of December 1944, and was attached to the 4th Infantry Division from the end of January through May, except for a few days in mid-March when it supported the 42nd Division. It ended the war equipped with M36 90mm GMC
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 National Guard Awards

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1944, Basic Training (Camp Blanding, FL), A
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 220th Infantry Tank Destroyer Forces610th Tank Destroyer BattalionU.S. Nuremberg Military Tribunal (NMT)
  1944-1945, A Company, 1st Battalion, 220th Infantry
  1944-1945, Tank Destroyer Forces
  1945-1945, 610th Tank Destroyer Battalion
  1945-1946, U.S. Nuremberg Military Tribunal (NMT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Advance to the Rhine
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Victory in Europe Day (VE Day - 8May45)
  1945-1947 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
 Colleges Attended 
Bridgewater College
  1947-1950, Bridgewater College
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