Charles Thomas Richards was born on August 28, 1908 to Roland Abiah and Lillian Mendenhall Richards who lived in Mendenhall, Chester County. John was one of three children. His father, Roland, was a carpenter.
Charles worked as a garage attendant before entering the Army.
Charles entered service in the Army at 32 years old. He served with 376th Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division. Wikepedia exert about the 94th:
As part of General George Patton's United States Third Army, the 94th Infantry Division ("94th ID") was known as "Patton's Golden Nugget". Moving east, the division relieved the 90th Infantry Division on 7 January 1945, taking positions in the Saar-Moselle Triangle south of Wasserbillig, facing the Siegfried Switch Line.
Private First Class Charles Thomas Richards was killed in action on January 24, 1945. He is buried the Luxembourg American Cemetery in Hamm, Luxembourg.