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PFC Edward Ogawa

PFC Edward Ogawa

Birth
Idaho, USA
Death 18 Oct 1944 (aged 26–27)
France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot A Row 14 Grave 49
Memorial ID 56374590 · View Source
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He was related to Mr. Thomas Ogawa who resided in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Edward served as a Private First Class, Company C, 100th Infantry (attached), 442nd Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Bannock County, Idaho prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on May 6, 1943 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Hotel and/or restaurant manager and also as Single, without dependents.

On October 14, 1944 the 442nd Infantry, along with the 100th Infantry Battalion (attached), were assigned to liberate Bruyeres, France which was considered a gateway to entering Germany during the war. They were tasked to attack, what was called at that time, Hill's A, B, C, and D. Each hill was heavily guarded, as each hill was key in order to take and secure Bruyeres. Hitler had ordered the German frontline to fight at all costs as this was the last barrier between the Allied forces and Germany.

Edward was "Killed In Action" during the fighting in and around Bruyeres, France during the war and was awarded the "Silver Star" and the Purple Heart.

Service # 39913809

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Information on Pvt Hideo Yasui being one of eleven Japanese-Americans interred at Epinal submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson.

(Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett)

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Silver Star Citation:
( Submitted by: ShaneO )

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Edward Ogawa (39913809), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 18 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres, France. The platoon of which Private First Class Ogawa was a member was assigned the task of occupying an isolated farm house in order to secure the battalion's right flank while it advanced against an enemy-held hill. This farmhouse was situated on open flat terrain covered by enemy fire. As his platoon dashed across the open field to the farm house, a hundred yards away, Private First Class Ogawa ran along the right flank of the group and screened their movement by firing his BAR at four enemy-held machine gun positions which he had previously spotted. By thus pinning down the enemy machine gunners, he enabled his platoon to reach their objective with only one casualty. After reaching the farm house he placed himself at a strategic but exposed position and returned fire on the enemy positions. It was while he was so engaged that he was mortally wounded by a sniper. By his heroic conduct Private First Class Ogawa contributed materially to the success of his battalion's mission.Headquarters, 7th Army, General Orders No. 117 (November 30, 1944)Home Town: Ashton, Idaho.


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56374590
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Edward Ogawa (1917–18 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56374590, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .