Sergeant Andrew Dewey Foster
– Company C, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division –
Andrew Dewey Foster was born on June 28, 1917, in Scott County, Tennessee to Zachary and Lucrecia (Hatfield) Foster. He was one of ten children and grew up in modest means. Before enlisting in the US Army Andrew was working as a restaurant manager.
Andrew enlisted on November 13th, 1939. He was stationed at Governors Island, NYC where he met his future wife Martha Uhrig whom was there volunteering for the USO, the United Service Organisation, which provides live entertainment for the troops. They married in 1944 and had eight children.
Andrew was assigned to Company C of the 60th Infantry Regiment. After fighting through various battle campaigns and battles, he sustained a leg injury after a horse falling on him in Europe. Because of this injury, he was given the occupation of a ‘truck driver light 345’ and was a chauffeur for an army general.
As family tells, Andrew never spoke of his time during World War 2.
Discharging as a Sergeant, Andrew was awarded the American Defense Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War 2 Victory Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.
Andrew enjoyed his large family, many grandchildren and gardening in his backyard.
He died May 1, 1981 in New York City after a fall at work while working as construction foreman in the tunnels beneath the city.
Andrew descends from a long line of family that served for the United States. His maternal 3rd great grandfather Joseph Hatfield fought during the Revolutionary War. His paternal great grandfather Patten Foster fought during the Civil War, Union. Andrews brothers also served during World War 2. They were PFC Kanie G. Foster, PFC Olaf O. Foster, PFC Autin C. Foster and PFC Paul L. Foster.
We will forever remember Andrew for his service with the 9th Infantry Division during World War 2.