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[courtesy of Anne Cady]

Grave marker for Edgar J. Blaney and spouse in Columbarium Court 5, Section MM, Row 22, Niche:3 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington (Arlington county), Virginia.

Edgar enlisted in the Army at Fort Hayes, Columbus, OH on 8 October 1942.

On 16 October 1942 Pvt Blaney was transferred from Hq Reception Center, Ft Hayes to Company A, 508th PIR and was later moved to Hq 1st.

On 15 August 1943 Pfc Blaney was sent on Detached Service from Camp Mackall, NC to Fort Bragg, NC. to attend B&C School.

Upon return from the school Edgar was appointed to the grade of T/5.

T/5 Blaney sailed with the regiment from New York City harbor aboard the USAT James Parker on 28 December 1943 landing 12 days later in Belfast, Ireland.  Three months later the regiment moved to Nottingham, England where it prepared for the invasion to be undertaken somewhere in Europe.

That invasion was the D-Day operation nd the jump into Normandy, France.  Edgar apparently was captured that same day and held as a prisoner of war.  He was released from Stalag 4B after hostilities ceased.


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