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1st Lt Edgar A Wade

1st Lt Edgar A Wade

Companies I and L - 320th Infantry Regiment

Edgar Arthur Wade, son of Stanley William and Florence (Hoyt Sears) Wade, was born December 19, 1921 in Portland, Oregon. The family moved to Utah sometime before 1930. He graduated West High School in Salt Lake City in 1940. While in high school he served in the R.O.T.C. He registered for the draft February 16, 1942. At the time he was employed at Auerbach Dry Goods in Salt Lake. He married Winnifred Woolsey on May 17 and left for Camp Roberts, California three days later May 20, 1942. He entered the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant, was promoted to 1st Lieutenant July 23, 1943, and served in the Aleutian Islands before being assigned to the ETO.

He joined Company I, 320th Infantry Regiment from the 38th Replacement Battalion on September 25, 1944. He was wounded in action November 20, 1944, about 40 miles northeast of Nancy, France. After recuperating from his wounds and returning to duty with the 320th Infantry on January 7, 1945, he was assigned to Company L. 1st Lt Edgar A Wade was killed in action January 14, 1945 in the vicinity of Bastogne, Belgium. He was awarded a Silver Star Medal for gallantry during that battle. He is buried at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Plombieres, Belgium.

Silver Star Medal Citation (Posthumous)

First Lieutenant Edgar A Wade, O-468851, Infantry, United States Army, for gallantry in action near, * * * , Belgium on January 14, 1945. At the head of his platoon, leading it in an attack against well-entrenched enemy, Lieutenant Wade inspiringly encouraged his men forward, while himself constantly exposed to enemy fire. Suddenly, the intensity of the enemy fire increased, and Lieutenant Wade voluntarily exposed himself to the enemy fire in order to ensure an orderly withdrawal with a minimum of danger to his men. Although he succeeded in enabling his men to reach safety, Lieutenant Wade was killed by enemy fire while so engaged. His courage, consideration for the welfare of his men, and his disregard for personal safety, are in accord with military tradition. Entered military service from Utah.

General Orders No. 16, Headquarters 35th Infantry Division, 9 March 1945

Thanks to Pam Thomsen for this picture. She is the granddaughter of Pfc. John Pergolizzi, 60th Combat Engineers Combat Battalion, 35th Infantry Division who was killed in action October 10, 1944.

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