Milton Harvey Godwin was born February 5, 1926 in Valdosta, GA. He was a son of Harvey Killett Godwin (1891-1938) and Mae Belle Moore (1895-1960), who spent their lives in Lowndes and Berrien county. His father was a farmer and a butcher.
Some time before 1944, Milton H. Godwin was residing in Ray City, Berrien County, Georgia.
It appears that as a teenager, Milton H. Godwin was a volunteer in the “Home Guard” in the war years of the 1940s. He would have been a soldier in Company D, 19th Battalion, Georgia State Guard, which was composed of companies from Nashville, Homerville, Valdosta, and Adel.
About a month before his 18th birthday, in January of 1944, Milton H. Godwin joined the U.S. Marines. He went through basic training at Parris Island, NC and during WWII achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.
The Valdosta Times
January 26, 1944
Guard Training Proves Valuable To Pvt. Godwin
A letter from Pvt. Milton H. Godwin, now with the Marines at Parris Island, to Sgt. Troy Jones of Company D, Georgia State Guard, tells of the value of training received in the Guard to those who entered the armed forces.
Pvt. Godwin writes in part: “They drill like hell here and orders are strict. The Army and Navy are ‘sissies’ compared to the Marines. The count is snappy and the cadence fast.
“My State Guard training is worth a million to me, so tell the other guys going into the service. Tell Major Eager the State Guard was helpful.”
After the war, he settled in Groton, CT. On his 21st birthday, February 5, 1947 he married Kathaleen Pearl Hunter, in New London, CT.
Milton Harvey Godwin died on March 8, 1997 and was buried at Colonel Ledyard Cemetery, Groton, New London County,
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