Everett Ray Seymour
Submitted by: George Besse, Commander of American Legion Post 78
Everett Ray Seymour born around June 1, 1895. Everett Seymour served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.
Story of Service
Everett Ray Seymour was an apprentice carpenter when he became one of the first Ridgefield, Ct men to be drafted into the war, enlisting in October 1917.
After training at Camp Devens and Camp Merritt, he was shipped to France with Company L of the 165th Infantry from Connecticut.
In July of 1918, Private Seymour and his Company, then part of the 42nd Division, were involved in a battle near Fere-en-Tardenois northeast of Paris and west of Reims. They were working their way up a hill on a farm fighting a long morning cleaning up machine gun nest, and near the summit young Seymour was brought down by a bullet the suddenly ended his brief, but honorable career serving his country. He was 23 years of age and described as "A bright young man of straightforward, clean-cut habits and a fine, manly fellow who was well liked.
In August of 1920 The American Legion Post Number 78 was named in his honor as he was the first Ridgefield resident to die in battle during WWI.
Today his grave is on Row 10 of Plot B at the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, very near where he fell.