A Salute To Our Service, Fire & Police Personnel - November 2017  

  Private First Class, U.S. ARMY, 
World War I

Cleon Hansford Foster, was born in Charlotte County, Va. on  February 14, 1894; the eighth child of Wesley Baxter and Alice Baker Foster.  He was raised and grew up on the family farm near Saxe.


When the United States entered the Great War, Cleon was there to answer the call, and July 12, 1918 found him on a troop transport ship departing Newport News and bound for France.

After approximately one year in the trenches Private 1st Class Foster, as part of the Camp Lee Detachment of the 338th Infantry, returned to the U.S. aboard the troop transport U.S.S. Leviathan which departed Brest, France on March 26, 1919.

Cleon settled back into farming with his wife, Madge Louise Dickerson, whom he had married on October 28, 1920 at Charlotte Co., VA.  This union was blessed with eight children.

Cleon Foster passed away at the Veteran's Hospital in Salem, VA. on October 13, 1970. He was buried in the Lebanon UMC Cemetery on October 15, 1970.


Please remember Cleon, and the countless other service personnel who have given so much, on this Veteran's Day and every day. THANK YOU for your service.