|Birth: ||Jun. 8, 1918|
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 1999|
When Edgar was born, the family lived just outside the larger city of Butler in northwest Pennsylvania. He was the youngest of six children born to Anna (nee Sklar) and Walter Wendell, although two--a girl and a boy--had previously died in infancy. Edgar was about four years of age when the extended Wendell and Sklar families moved to Detroit, Michigan about 1922.
Within a year both Edgar's 7-year-old brother and their 28-year-old mother died--Harry of meningitis, Anna of tuberculosis. Consequently, Walter and his young children-- Edgar, Clinton (Harry's identical twin) and Dorothy--went to live with the grangparents, Bernard and Mary Wendell. The three generations resided together at 6157 Fischer Avenue on Detroit's eastside until 1930, when Walter married his widowed sister-in-law Mary (Sklar) Gonas.
Edgar served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a "Tec5" with the "791st Ry Opn Bn" in the U.S. and European Theatre. Ed entered into active service on 15 Oct 1940 at Fort Custer, Michigan. Following 1-1/2 months of basic training and one month of training as a radio operator in the States, his company departed from Camp Crowder, Missouri in April, 1943 for overseas duty.
Ed apparently spent the whole of his 33 months overseas in Iran as a clerk-typist at battalion and camp headquarters. Technician Fifth Grade Edgar C. Wendell was separated from service, with an honorable discharge, on 25 Oct 1945 at Camp Plauche, Louisiana. He was also awarded the EAME Service Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal.
Later, Edgar was one of fourteen members of a planning committee for the 231st Signal Operation Company's first reunion held at the Pick-Fort Shelby Hotel in downtown Detroit, July 11-13, 1968. In their year-long preparation for the reunion the committee attempted to locate and contact over 330 former members of the 231st. However, existing evidence suggests that no more than 75 veterans came together, with their wives , to enjoy the three-day event.
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ASIDE: Uncle Ed's military-issue rucksack served him well for the remainder of his civilian life and resides with his cremains at Great Lakes National Cemetery.
Walter Gray Wendell (1890 - 1960)
Anna M. Sklar Wendell (1894 - 1923)
Dorothy Louise Wendell Studebaker (1911 - 2000)*
Clinton Atwell Wendell (1915 - 2014)*
Harry John Wendell (1915 - 1923)*
Edgar Charles Wendell (1918 - 1999)
Great Lakes National Cemetery
Plot: Section CC21 Row A Site 67
Maintained by: Sandra Studebaker
Originally Created by: Twist
Record added: May 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69903534