Grave markers for James G. Gidding in the Milledgeville
Plymouth Cemetery, Milledgeville (Fayette county), Ohio.
James graduated from Washington High School, Washington,
OH as a member of the Class of 1940. He may have been attending
college when the draft caught up with him and he joined the Army on 31
December 1943 and was tapped for OCS.
On 23 July 1944, 2nd Lt Gidding was transferred to H1
2nd, 508th PIR from the Hq 82d A/B Division in Leicester, England with
the principal duty of Assistant Platoon Leader.
Lt Gidding saw action in Holland was was awarded the
Bronze Service Arrowhead device that campaign and and its Airborne
He was promoted to 1st Lt 14 November 1944 and was
given the role of S-3 (Operations officer).
Bt the time Giddings was discharged on 22 January 1947
had been elevated to the grade of Captain.
He returned to college, perhaps at the University of
Virginia, to complete his studies and became a lawyer
April 1953, James and his wife Joan sailed between New York and
Southampton, England for a week's vacation. Departing
New York aboard the Queen Mary they arrived in Southampton on 21 April.
His profession was stated as "Lawyer."
The return voyage was aboard the SS United States and
arrived in New York on 16 April 1953.