|Birth: ||Feb. 11, 1919|
St. Francois County
|Death: ||Jun. 27, 1944, Italy|
"Death: In the area of Cecina, Italy"
This heartwarming article appeared in newspapers on September 22, 2013--
A World War II soldier's heartfelt letter to his daughter has finally reached her, seven decades after it was written.
Peggy Eddington-Smith received the letter penned by her father, Pfc. John Eddington, as well as his Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals, during an emotional ceremony.
The father she never met wrote the three-page letter shortly after she was born and shortly before he died in Italy in June 1944. He sent it while stationed in Texas, just before he was sent overseas.
Courtesy of Liz Cain Deeds (#47294946) on 22 September 2013.
"Enlisted in the U.S. Army on 15 February 1941 at Jefferson Barracks near Saint Louis, Missouri.
Assigned to the 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry "Red Bull" Division, Fifth Army, in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations.
Landed at the Anzio Beachhead on 25 March 1944.
On June 4th, Rome was liberated, and German Forces began fighting a delaying action as they retreated north towards the Arno River.
After capturing the port of Civitavecchia on 7 June, the 168th IR moved to a line of hills a few hundred yards south of the town of Tarquinia, Italy.
By the 12th of June, they were joined by the other Regiments of the 34th ID.
On June 24th, the Division began long dusty movements by truck from Tarquinia towards the German defensive Trasimene Line. Stiff German resistance was met along this delaying line starting on 26 June.
PFC Eddington was Killed In Action on 27 June 1944 during the Rome-Arno Campaign in Italy.
Added by: Sam Pennartz 9/20/2013" (From photo)
"CECINA – Scattering
The Division spent two enjoyable weeks out of the line... On 24 June the Division began the long dusty movements by truck from Tarquinia to the front, which by then had moved many miles to the north - so far north indeed, that it was a hard job to find an assembly area close enough to the front to make a relief possible before the pursuing troops had gone too far forward again... on 30 June. At this time the 168th Infantry on the right found the going through exceptionally difficult terrain too slow for effective pursuit to be carried out." http://www.custermen.com/ItalyWW2/Units/Division 34Pt2.htm, assessed 22 Sept 2013.
"34th Division Fact Sheet
The 34th, along with the lst Armored Division, was given the mission of an all-out pursuit of the enemy north and northwest of Rome. In mid-June came a rest, but by 26 June the unit was back in the line. Then came the crossing of the Cecina River and the battling of tough SS troops." http://www.34thinfantry.com/history/history-34th/red-bull -fact-sheet.html, assessed 22 Sept 2013.
"Interment: 7 March 1949. Service Information: Company K. 168th Infantry, Regiment: 34th Infantry Division. Service Number: 37051307. Source; Citation: Interment Control Forms, 1928–1962. Interment Control Forms, A1 2110-B. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774–1985, Record Group 92. The National Archives at College Park, College Park, Maryland'; Form #: 100210865, assessed 22 Sept 2013."
The above information was generously provided by MEB, Findagrave #47998630, 22 September 2013
Farrell, as he was referred to by his family, was the fourth child, second son, of five children of Richard Henry Eddington (Born: 4 July 1882, Missouri; Died: 18 February 1929, Leadwood, St Francois, Missouri) and Carrie Etta Baldwin (Born: 11 May 1880, Madison, Missouri; Died: 23 April 1957, Los Angeles, California), He was enumerated with his family on the 1920, 1930 and 1940, Leadwood, St Francois, Missouri on the USA Federal Censuses.
Farrell married Helen Marie Cash in a quite candle lite ceremony at eight o'clock in the First Baptist Church by Rev. Novall Pickett on the 3rd of April 1943 in Orange, California where he was stationed.
(Citation Source: Wedding announcement, stenate originally shared this to the Cash/Koester family tree Ancestry.com, 21 June 2013, assessed 22 Sept 2013, unigift). From this marriage there was one issue. Helen Marie Cash never remarried after Farrell demise (Killed in Action) in Italy.
Thank-you for your courage, service and sacrifice in World War II for world freedom and I, as well everyone who has left a "Flower & Note" and photographs on this memorial, sincerely hope that your love ones appreciates this memorial. God Bless and Rest in Peace.
A "special and dear thank-you" to ShaneO (#47009366) for creating the memorial; to Liz Cain Deeds (#47294946) who maintained the memorial as of 22 September 2013 and added the newspaper article, on the same date and to Rhonda C. Poynter (#47795548) for sponsoring his memorial.
Biographical information submitted 24 September 2013
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Helen Marie Cash Eddington (1922 - 1997)*
PFC, 168 INF, 34 INF DIV WORLD WAR II
Note: Memorial Transfer 24 September 2013 from Liz Cain Deeds (#47294946)
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
St. Louis County
Plot: SECTION 79 SITE 158
Maintained by: MEB
Originally Created by: ShaneO
Record added: Jan 06, 2010
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