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Edwin Moriel "Ed" Aldrich
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Birth: Apr. 29, 1922
Charleston
Kanawha County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Sep. 14, 1988
Woodbury
Cannon County
Tennessee, USA

USMA Class of 1944.

He was the son of Colonel Moriel Simon Aldrich (died 1958) and Marguerite Loretta Mahan Aldrich. His parents divorced in 1943. He attended Augusta Military Academy (AMA) in Fort Defiance, Virginia for four years. At AMA, he was treasurer of the Student Body and chairman of the Honor Committee. He entered West Point in July 1940 and his class later became the Class of June 1943. He spent 1941 studying for re-entrance to the Academy due to difficulties with math and was readmitted in January 1942. He graduated on June 6, 1944 and was commissioned in the Infantry. On June 10, 1944, he married Marge Ann Taylor in Flint, Michigan. Upon graduation Infantry Officer Basic Course in Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned as a rifle platoon leader in Company E, 264th Infantry Regiment, 66th Infantry Division at Camp Rucker, Alabama. The division deployed to the European Theater of Operations on November 14, 1944. After a short training period in England, en route to Cherbourg in France, The Leopoldville, which was transporting his regiment was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel on Christmas Eve 1944. He survived, floating for hours before being picked and returned to duty with his division. The division was tasked with sealing off the Cherbourg Peninsula, blocking German efforts to break out of the perimeter at Lorient and St. Nazaire. Following VE Day he was reassigned as commanding officer, Company A, Headquarters Regiment, Berlin Command, Office of Military Government, United States. His family joined him in Berlin where they lived for two years. In July 1946, he was promoted to captain and returned to the United States with his family in late summer 1947. He was assigned to Fort Myer, Virginia as the commanding officer of the Cavalry Detachment, 3rd Infantry. In February 1948, he retired due to a physical disability. In September 1948, he was recalled to active duty and assigned as assistant Professor of Military Science &Tactics at the Augusta Military Academy, where he served for almost two years. In July 1950, he returned to retired status. He spent six months in the insurance business with his father in Charleston, West Virginia. In February 1952, he joined the General Motors Corporation. He served as their divisional representative at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and coordinated their production of the F-84F used in the Korean War. In February 1955, he was appointed Director of Building Services for the Fisher Body Division of General Motors at their Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. In May 1978, he retired from Fisher Body and he and his wife moved to Woodbury, Tennessee. He was survived by his wife, five children and 10 grandchildren.
Source: United States Military Academy Association of Graduates memorial. 
 
Burial:
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
West Point
Orange County
New York, USA
 
Created by: SLGMSD
Record added: Mar 10, 2014
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Edwin Moriel Ed Aldrich
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USMA Class of 1944
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 Added: Jan. 26, 2015
 
 
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