Charles E. Edwards
Company B 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division
Charles E. Edwards was born in
Mississippi on March 10, 1922. He enlisted in the Field Artillery
of the Regular Army on January 23, 1941 at Jackson Mississippi. His home of residence was listed
as Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi. He had completed grammar school and was single with no dependents.
His religion was listed as Protestant.
Private First Class Edwards was
killed in action in Germany during the Battle of the Hürtgen
on November 27, 1944.
On that day his Company's
advance was halted by heavy resistance from the Germans with the
taking heavy casualties as it tried to cross a large open area.
By this time the
company was only thirty strong. The 2d platoon attempted to slip
a squad at a time across the field.
Ten men got within twenty yards of the woods, before a machine gun pinned them down. Private First Class
Charles Edwards crawled forward to try to knock out the gun. He was a former member of the 4th Engineer Battalion,
but had asked to join Baker Company during the drive across France. His wish had been granted in September
when Baker Company was assaulting the Siegfried Line. He got no more than five yards
before a burst of machine gun fire killed him. ¹
Charles E. Edwards was buried in
the temporary U.S. Military Cemetery,
Henri-Chapelle Cemetery, Eupen, Belgium and some time later
his remains were returned to the United States where he was
reinterred in Mississippi.
Plot: Section A2, Lot 22
Grave marker for Charles E. Edwards
Photo by DeeDee from the Find A Grave website
¹ Paschendale with Treebursts by Robert S. Rush September 1996 pp. 85
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