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Catalog Number 2015.027.0002
Object Name Photograph
Title WWII Memorial Portrait
Description World War II honor portrait of veteran Richard O. Bassette, former student of The State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Home: Albany, NY
Class: 1916
Service: United States Infantry
Date & Place of Death: Colonel Bassett was killed in a train accident at Fort Benning, GA on May 19, 1941.
Sketch: Immediately on graduation from college Colonel Bassett entered the US Forest Service and was assigned to the Central Rocky Mountain Region. Later he was transferred to Alaska where he remained until 1917. In June 1917 he entered the US Army at Fort Niagara, NY and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He showed superior excellence as an instructor in combat tactics and was assigned to several training camps in the east and south. After the Armistice he remained in the Army in a teaching capacity and was known as an outstanding expert and shot with rifle and small arms. In 1940 he was assigned to the University of Nevada as chief military instructor and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. Early in 1941 he was assigned to Fort Francis E. Warren in Wyoming and later in the year to Fort Benning in Georgia.
Collection WWII Memorial Portraits Collection
Search Terms WWII Memorial Portraits
People Bassette, Richard O.