|Birth: ||May 22, 1922|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 17, 1944, France|
Edward served as a 1st Lt. in the 314th Fighter Squadron, 324th Fighter Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Onondaga County, New York and was a student at Columbia University at the time of his enlistment. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on February 8, 1943 in Syracuse, New York. He was noted as being Single, without dependents.
Edward was "Killed In Action" in France near the river La Meurthe on November 17, 1944 and was awarded an Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart posthumously on January 5, 1945.
One of his Oak Leaf Clusters was awarded for valor in action on September 4, 1944.
He was listed as being a 2nd Lt., however in a letter dated November 25, 1944 from James Kirkendall, commanding officer, 324th Fighter Group, the letter states in part ".... he was promoted to 1st Lt. on Nov 15th, but the orders had not reached him before he died....
Ed was buried by the unit Chaplain Captain Richard W. Power, who went searching for Eds crash site a few days after the plane went down..he took a great risk to himself as the area was still an active fighting zone. He buried Ed, marked the site and returned to the unit. Lt. Bolen was removed from this temporary burial site and placed in what became the US Military Cemetery Epinal in Epinal France in January of 1945 after the area had been secured by the Allied forces. Lt. Bolen was repatriated to the US to his hometown, Syracuse, NY for burial in his final resting place in July of 1949.
On November 11, 2014, a ceremony was held in the town of Etival-Clairefontaine to honor the memory of Lt. Edward J. Bolen, Jr. During this ceremony, a memorial plaque commissioned by the citizens of Etival-Clairefontaine and dedicated to his memory was unveiled. The photos detail the memorial site.
Brother, Uncle you will be forever honored and remembered.....
The Bolen family thanks Jean-Loup Frommer for his hard work to get this memorial placed and to the Lord Mayor and citizens of Etival-Clairefontaine for the approval, building and placement of the memorial.
Service # O-820450
Saint Agnes Cemetery
New York, USA
Maintained by: mary ellen
Originally Created by: Russ Pickett
Record added: Oct 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77641840
Rest in sweet peace, dear Edward. Thank you for your service and dedication to our country. You are truly and American hero and patriot. You will never be forgotten.|
Added: Dec. 31, 2016
Added: Dec. 13, 2015
" Mission accomplished "Best Regards.|
Added: Nov. 16, 2014
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