Ed served with the Army Corps of Engineers, receiving a direct field promotion to 2nd Lieutenant during the Battle of the Bulge in WW II. He once wrote "I am grateful to have been in a convoy returning July 4, 1945 via New York Harbor from 19 months in Europe in WW II. There she was (The Statute of Liberty) and fireboats spraying streams of water, skyrockets, sirens, whistles - Wow! Not a dry eye on the ship! What a glorious sight to welcome you back! On seeing the Statute of Liberty you sense it immediately as the wonderful symbol of Liberty, Equality, Freedom, Brotherly Love, Democracy - HOME! Though yet maybe 3,000 miles from your house and family, you're HOME IN THE USA! No place else in the world any better nor nearly as good! He was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict.
He served as a forester, planner and landscape architect with the U.S. Forest Service from 1937 to 1970 on the Bitterroot, Nicolet, White Mountain, Francis Marion, Mendocino, Plumas, Six Rivers and Sierra National Forests. Most campgrounds and recreational areas built between 1956 and 1972 in the Sierra, Sequoia, Klamath and Stanislaus National Forests are the results of his designs. He was also a tree specialist and is credited with giving specific species names to many of the native trees found in the City of Fresno.
After his retirement, he joined the faculty at Kings River Community College in Reedley as an Instructor in Forestry. When he first started, there were only 16 students in the school Forestry program. When he retired 6 years later, the program had 150 students.
In 1970 Ed was Master of Las Palmas Masonic Lodge No. 366 in Fresno. He is buried in the Masonic section of Fresno Memorial Gardens.
Genevieve Bichov Carpenter
ARMY VETERAN WWII
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