155th Infantry Brigade, 78th Infantry Division
Plot G, Row 31, Grave 16
When the United States entered World War I on April 6 , 1917, 1st Lt. William A. Riheldaffer gave up his career with General Electric and volunteered for service. Serving as a part of the American I Corps, he participated in the St. Mihiel Offensive (September 12-16,1918). This was designed to eliminate a dangerous salient (a salient being an area carved into the enemy’s defensive line) and open rail communications into the city of Verdun from the south.
By September 29, 1918, the American I Corps had advanced into the southwest sector of the Argonne Forest in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Williams was mortally wounded on October 19, 1918 when a shell exploded near him. He died two days later in a field hospital.
William Aschman Riheldaffer is buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Plot G, Row 31, Grave 16.