PFC Franklin Glenn Eckard, Sr.
Co. A, 317th Inf.
80th Infantry Division
Killed in Action 28 November, 1944,
at Farebersviller, France
Franklin Glenn Eckard was born June 30th, 1910 on the family farm near the small rural community of Icard, North Carolina. "Glenn" as he was known, was next to the youngest of 5 brothers and 6 sisters.
On July 13th, 1934 he married his high school sweetheart, Leonora Rudisill. When he was drafted into the Army in March 1944, he left three sons, the eldest 9, and a 2-year-old daughter. He was attached to Co. A, 84th Bn. 15th Regt. at Camp Fannin, Texas during the summer of 1944 for his basic training.
From there he traveled by train to Fort Mead, Maryland and shipped to England from the port of New York. He arrived in France 8 September 1944 and was attached to Co. A, 317th Infantry, 80th Division. Dad wrote that while on guard duty he stopped General George Patton's jeep, Gen. Patton took one look at him and said "Soldier, get rid of those whiskers". He was quickly relieved from guard duty