|Birth: ||Oct. 14, 1915|
|Death: ||Jul. 23, 1994|
East Baton Rouge Parish
On September 1, 1940, Miss Eleanor Johnson and Paul Judson Eldredge wed at West End Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA. Isabelle Johnson Whatley was her sister's matron of honor. After 54 years of marriage, Paul died July 23, 1994, Eleanor on September 18, 2006. They are buried in Resthaven Gardens of Memory, Baton Rouge, LA.
1943 - Lieutenant Paul Judson Eldredge, U. S. Army, 2nd Chemical Mortar Battalion. Paul served five years in the U.S. Army during World War II and saw 1 1/2 years action in Sicily and Italy.
Paul was executive officer of D Company, 2nd Chemical Mortar Battalion, which was to take its 4.2-inch mortars into combat for the first time during the 1943 Sicily invasion, code named OPERATION HUSKY.
Enemy resistance, especially around Cassino, was fanatical, and its artillery support was very effective. The main difficulty was extremely adverse weather conditions. . . no shelter was available and the supply of suitable clothing was very slow. . . Mentally and physically, the men suffered every minute of the time . . . As 1943 drew to an end, the Nazi barrier between the Allies and Rome appeared to be impregnable. During the month of December, U.S. 5th Army suffered 5020 wounded but total hospital admissions of 22,816 - jaundice, fevers and trench foot prevalent.
Co D was attached to the 88th Div. and remained from March 11-28, 1944. The whole Fifth Army front was quiet during the month of April and the first ten days of May. Extensive preparations were under way for the big attack to reach Rome. On June 4, Rome fell without a fight and the first European capital had fallen to the Allies.
Thus ended the 2nd Chemical Mortar Battalion's part of the Italian campaign. From June 10 to July 2, the battalion occupied a rest area just north of Rome and, for the first time in a year, relaxed and rested.
In July 1944, Paul rotated home. He commanded a training co. at Camp Sibert, Gadsden AL where he was promoted to Captain. Later that year he moved to Chemical Warfare Service HQ Washington, D.C. where he worked on plans for the invasion of Japan. He would almost certainly have been a mortar battalion officer in that campaign, which fortunately never came to pass. ("PAUL'S WAR" - ADAPTED FROM AN ARTICLE BY WALT ELDREDGE, PAUL'S SON.)
1972 - Article from The Baton Rouge Record, employee house organ, Esso, September 1, 1972 - ON THEIR WAY TO BAYWAY
Eleanor and Paul Eldredge . . . with gifts presented by refinery and chemical plant friends shortly before the couple moved to New Jersey. Process superintendent at the Baton Rouge Refinery since 1966, Eldredge recently accepted the position of operations manager at the company's Bayway Refinery. The Eldredges, longtime residents of Baton Rouge, are widely known throughout the local area, as they have participated actively in a number of civic and community organizations.
Eleanor Johnson Eldredge (1921 - 2006)
Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Mausoleum
East Baton Rouge Parish
Plot: Garden of Peace 18 C 1
Created by: EleanorB
Record added: Nov 19, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31544774
Added: May. 28, 2015
Your "muffin stand" is appreciated every day - as are you.|
Added: Oct. 25, 2014
You once called me a "piece of work" in the nicest way. Missing you with love, your niece.|
Added: Jul. 21, 2013
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