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 Edgar Charles “Ed” Wendell

Edgar Charles “Ed” Wendell

Birth
Lyndora, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 21 Apr 1999 (aged 80)
Bad Axe, Huron County, Michigan, USA
Burial Holly, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Plot Section CC21 Row A Site 67
Memorial ID 69903534 · View Source
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When Edgar was born, the family lived in Lyndora, just outside the larger city of Butler in northwest Pennsylvania. He was the youngest of six children born to Anna (nee Sklar) and Walter Wendell, although two--a girl and a boy--had previously died in infancy. Edgar was about four years of age when the extended Wendell and Sklar families moved to Detroit, Michigan about 1922.

Within a year both Edgar's 7-year-old brother Harry and their 28-year-old mother died--Harry of lobar pneumonia, Anna of pulmonary tuberculosis. Consequently, Walter and his young children-- Edgar, Clinton (Harry's identical twin) and Dorothy--went to live with the grandparents, Bernard and Mary Wendell. The three generations resided together at 6157 Fischer Avenue on Detroit's eastside until 1930, when Walter married his widowed sister-in-law Mary (Sklar) Gonas.

Edgar served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a "Tec5" with the "791st Ry Opn Bn" in the U.S. and European Theatre. Ed entered into active service on 15 Oct 1940 at Fort Custer, Michigan. Following 1-1/2 months of basic training and one month of training as a radio operator in the States, his company departed from Camp Crowder, Missouri in April, 1943 for overseas duty.

Ed apparently spent the whole of his 33 months overseas in Iran as a clerk-typist at battalion and camp headquarters. Technician Fifth Grade Edgar C. Wendell was separated from service, with an honorable discharge, on 25 Oct 1945 at Camp Plauche, Louisiana. He was also awarded the EAME Service Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal.

Later, Edgar was one of fourteen members of a planning committee for the 231st Signal Operation Company's first reunion held at the Pick-Fort Shelby Hotel in downtown Detroit, July 11-13, 1968. In their year-long preparation for the reunion the committee attempted to locate and contact over 330 former members of the 231st. However, existing evidence suggests that no more than 75 veterans came together, with their wives , to enjoy the three-day event.

TO BE CONTINUED

ASIDE: Uncle Ed's military-issue rucksack served him well for the remainder of his civilian life and resides with his cremains at Great Lakes National Cemetery.


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  • Maintained by: Sandra Studebaker
  • Originally Created by: Twist
  • Added: 16 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 69903534
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edgar Charles “Ed” Wendell (8 Jun 1918–21 Apr 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 69903534, citing Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Oakland County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Sandra Studebaker (contributor 47225185) .