Grave marker for Edward J Curtis in
Plot: 14, 0, 734 of
the Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith
(Sebastian County), Arkansas.
Edward enlisted at
Manchester, NH; on 7 October 1943 and after completion of basic training
and jump school was sent overseas. He was transferred to Company
A, 508th PIR from the 11th Replacement Depot while the 508th was
rebuilding its strength following Normandy losses.
He was wounded in Holland on 2 October 1944 and
evacuated to a field hospital, A month and a half later he was
deemed fit to travel and was sent back to the U.S. for further
treatment. He did not return to the regiment.
Pvt Curtis was awarded the Purple Heart as well as the
Bronze Service Arrowhead for his participation in the Holland campaign
and Airborne operations. He also earned the Good Conduct Medal and
various other ETO related decorations.