Griffin, Fred, Pvt

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Primary Unit
1916-1916, 13th Cavalry Regiment
Service Years
1916 - 1916

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
K Troop,
13th Cavalry Regiment
US Army
Camp Furlong
Columbus, New Mexico

Casualty Date
Mar 09, 1916
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
New Mexico
Mexican Service Campaign (1911-1919)/Battle of Columbus (1916)
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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13th Cavalry Regiment
  1916-1916, 13th Cavalry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1916-1916 Mexican Service Campaign (1911-1919)/Battle of Columbus (1916)
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Last Known Activity
On the night of March 9, 1916 Private Fred A. Griffin was posted as sentry at Headquarters, 13th US Cavalry Regiment, just outside of the town of Columbus, New Mexico. After dark he saw several Mexicans surround and begin attacking the nearby residence of Lieutenant John P. Lucas. He issued a challenge and was shot in the stomach by the men, who turned out to be Villaistas, part of the large group of Pancho Villa's men who were attacking the town of Columbus, New Mexico.
Private Griffin allegedly shot and killed two or three of the Mexicans with his 1903 Springfield rifle, allowing the Lieutenant to escape, which was fortuitious for nearby Americans, because this escape allowed the Lieutenant to reach his men and begin to establish a defense of the post and town.
Private Griffin, who had fired the first American shots of the battle, was also shot in the arm and chest before expiring, the first military victim of the battle and of the subsequent American Army's excursion into Mexico shortly thereafter.
Private Griffin is buried in Cottondale Nature Gardens Cemetery, Cottondale, Alabama.
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