|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1894|
|Death: ||Aug. 5, 1918|
Departement de la Marne
[This memorial is managed by Cherie J. with the endorsement of family historian Bill Gawne. Genealogical and biographical information is provided via Cherie J.'s original research plus material provided to her in 2009 by Commander Louis L. Wolsen of American Legion Auxiliary #76 Edwin H. Ewing, Ludington, Mason, Michigan--named in honor of Corporal Edwin Harold Ewing.]
Edwin Harold Ewing was born on January 5,1894 in Ludington, Mason, Michigan. He was the eldest son of Frank Calvin Ewing (1858-1920) and Lillian Elida Williams Ewing (1863-1959). His siblings included Mary Josephine Ewing (1896-1991) and Roger Williams Ewing (1900-1962).
Edwin resided most of his life in Ludington until he volunteered for service. He was a member of the Ludington High School graduating class of 1913, and was one of two members of the class to die in action during World War I.
(The other classmate was Corporal Cosmer M. Leveaux, who served with the 119th Field Artillery Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division "Red Arrow Division." Corp. Leveaux was killed in action in France on August 10, 1918, and is buried in Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Plot D Row 34 Grave 12, Fere-en-Tardenois, France.)
After graduating from high school, Edwin studied engineering for two years at Michigan Agricultural College.
While working as an efficiency expert at the Shaw Electric Crane works in Muskegon, Edwin enlisted in a Grand Rapids company of the Michigan National Guard.
He served on the border during the revolution within Mexico. Then, after being home for only a few days, Edwin was called back into service on July 15,1917 and trained at Waco, Texas.
He then sailed for France on February 15,1918. He was a member of the highly renowned 32nd Infantry Division of the United States Army National Guard--known as the Red Arrow Division, which was formed with units from Wisconsin and Michigan.
After but a short training, he went into action. On August 28,1918 his father received a message that Corp. Ewing was severely wounded in action. On September 8 came a second telegram informing them that he died of wounds on August 5.
A month later, Corp. Ewing's parents received a letter from Sergeant Ralph M. Sherman, who was with Corp. Ewing in the big drive before the Vesle and was personally acquainted with him. He wrote:
"Edwin was transferred to the 3rd Battalion Scouts and had charge of the major's orderlies and messengers. I saw him several times in the 'big drive' north of Chateau Thierry near the town of Sergy. Edwin was killed instantly, south of the Vesle river, east of the town of Vila Savoy, about three miles southeast of Fismes, by a six inch shell which struck him in the face. I did not see him before he was hit but I did shortly after. He was buried on Hill 212, south of Fismes, about two and one-half miles from Roosevelt's grave."
In the battalion commanded by Major Charles McCullough, Corp. Ewing served during the famous drive which cost him his life on August 4, just one day before the American and French objective, the town of Fismes, was reached. Five days without a warm meal the 32nd heroes fought side by side with the French Golden Division. Of Corp. Edwin Ewing, his commending officer sent the following word home:
"Corp. Ewing of Ludington defied death repeatedly while carrying messages from the advanced positions and maintaining connections with the colonel. His conduct was most heroic."
The remains of Corporal Edwin Harold Ewing were brought home and re-interred in the Ewing Family Plot in Lakeview Cemetery on July 30, 1921.
Corp. Edwin Harold Ewing along with others is honored by a special monument at Ludington City Park:
Ludington City Park
Historic Site- Monument at flag pole: "1917, 1918, Erected by the grateful people of Mason County in memory of these our heroes, who gave their lives for our country and in honor of our soldiers and sailors in the World War. John Benjamin Adam, Frank R. Allen, John Albert Anderson, Frederic Chris Bertelsen, John R. Borski, Russell Clayton Boxell, Louis Brozzo, Eric Carlson, Gordon Chadwick, Carl Christensen, Alvin R. Drabenstott, Dezerie A. Duplessis, Edwin Harold Ewing, Anton Brye, Edwin Glynn, August Gorski, Joseph Hall, John Hanson, Floyd James Herrington, R.D. Keith, Cosmer Leveaux, Walter Loxen, Frank Lukaszewicz, Joseph P. Maluski, Isadore Meyette, Marion Michael, Otto Miney, Francis Joseph Odean, Hans Christian Peterson, Michael Przybysz, Walter Rives, Albert Sheppard, Samuel Shinnock, Samuel Henry Shunk, Wilbur Nelson Sims, Louis Stump, Harold L. Sweet, William R. Vogel, Emil B. Von Sprecken, Lester Vorac, Charles Winner, August T. Ziolkowski, Joseph Zopel , Unveiled May 30, 1926"
Frank Calvin Ewing (1858 - 1920)
Lillian Elida Williams Ewing (1863 - 1959)
Edwin Harold Ewing (1894 - 1918)
Mary Josephine Ewing (1896 - 1991)*
Roger W. Ewing (1900 - 1962)*
EDWIN H. EWING
1894 - 1918
Note: Per Lakeview Cem. staff to Cherie J.: Ewing, Edwin H. B 12 - L 2 - Gr. 6 Date of Interment 07-30-1921 Type of Burial Full Date of Birth 1894 Date of Death 08-05-1918 Age 24 Place France Cause Killed In W.W. 1 Veteran Yes Funeral Home N/A
Plot: Block 12; Lot 2; Grave 6
Maintained by: Cherie J.
Originally Created by: Jan
Record added: Nov 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80609359
For Corporal Edwin Harold Ewing, an American Hero, in gratitude for your Service. With love from your family, rest in peace.|
Added: Nov. 3, 2012