Sgt Edgar Lee “Red” Harrell

Sgt Edgar Lee “Red” Harrell

Coffee County, Tennessee, USA
Death 8 Apr 1945 (aged 25)
Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Burial Niles, Berrien County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 58474649 · View Source
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[Niles Daily Star July 25, 1949]
SGT. EDGAR L. HARRELL The body of Sgt. Edgar L. Harrell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther H. Harrell, of 524 Michigan street, is being returned to Niles for reburial on Thursday afternoon. Sgt. Harrell was killed in action in Stendal, Germany, on April 8, 1945, when the B-17 bomber on which he was a gunner was shot down.

Born in Coffee county Tenn., on Sept. 22, 1919, he was 25 years old when he was killed. Graduated from Niles High School in June, 1937, he was employed as a pressman at the Simplicity Pattern Company until he enlisted in the army air force on Feb. 23, 1944.He was awarded the air medal with seven oak leaf clusters and the Purple Heart medal. Sgt. Harrell went overseas in October, 1944, and had nearly completed the missions for a furlough when he died.

Surviving besides his parents are, two daughters, Linda Lucille and Deanna Lee, both of Niles. His wife, now remarried, Mrs. Helen Mendenhall, of Niles; brothers, Jake, Richard and Kenneth, at home, Luther, Jr. of Niles and the Rev. Emmitt R. Harrell, of Brookville, Ky., and sisters, Verda and Brenda, at home, Mrs. William Smothermon, of Sumnerville, and Mrs. Herbert Rough of Bertrand.

Friends may call at the Kiger Funeral Home, where the funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday. Burial with full military rites will be at Silverbrook Cemetery. The body will arrive by train at 12:48 p.m. Wednesday.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Edgar Lee “Red” Harrell (22 Sep 1919–8 Apr 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58474649, citing Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles, Berrien County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Gary Hall (contributor 48017844) .