SSgt Edward Joseph Wisniewski

SSgt Edward Joseph Wisniewski

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 2 Feb 1945 (aged 23)
Colmar, Departement du Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot Section B ~ Row 18 ~ Grave 72
Memorial ID 56376408 · View Source
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Edward served as a Staff Sergeant, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Cook County, Illinois prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on September 10, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in a foundry and also as Single, without dependents.

Edward was "Killed In Action" in the final days of the battle for the Colmar Pocket. His division the 28th was originally a Pennsylvania National Guard unit. Their division patch was the Keystone for the Keystone State. The patch was red in color and the Germans after the bloody fighting in the Huertgen Forest called the division "The Bloody Bucket". They can best be described as a 'hard luck' outfit as after the horrendous casualties they suffered in the Huertgen Forest they were moved to the a quite area in Luxembourg. They were in fact in the direct line of attack by the Germans at the start of the Battle of the Bulge. Were it not for their stand which is described in a book 'Alamo in the Ardennes" the Germans would have taken Bastogne. After the heavy fighting there they were reconstituted and send south to Alsace where they would again take heavy casualties in the final push to take the Colmar Pocket and captured the city of Colmar during the war.

He was awarded the "Distinguished Service Cross" and the Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster.

Service # 36370730

Son of John Wisniewski who resided in Chicago, Illinois.

(Bio by: Russ Pickett)

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Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Staff Sergeant Edward J. Wisniewski (ASN: 36370730), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Wisniewski's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 28th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 71 (1945)

Action Date: 2-Feb-45

Service: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Regiment: 112th Infantry Regiment
Division: 28th Infantry Division

Citation Synopsis submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson.

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56376408
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Edward Joseph Wisniewski (17 Mar 1921–2 Feb 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56376408, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .