PURPLE HEART MEDAL MEMORIAL PLAQUE

 

 

ED G. ERICKSON

 
Army Serial Number  34008998
Residence State North Carolina
Residence Country Mecklemburg
Date of enlistment 24 January 1941
Place of enlistment Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Native Illinois
Date of birth 27 March 1905, Chicago, Illinois
Race and citizenship White, citizen
Education 2 years of high school (Los Angels high school)
Civilian Occupation Tractor driver, truck driver, heavy or chauffeur or truck driver, light .
Civilian Employers Crescent City Corp.
Marital Status Married to Elizabeth Orr Erickson (2 December 1940 )
Component of the Army Selectees (Enlisted Men) 
Date of death 18 September 1944
Place of death Simpelveld, Holland
Rank at time of death Technician 4th Grade
Unit at time of death Cannon Company, 120th Infantry Regiment (30th Infantry Division)
Temporary burial First US Army Cemetery Fosse #1 ( plot D, row 6, grave 117) Belgium
Date of temporary burial 20 September 1944
Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Chester, South Carolina
Date of interment 3 April 1949
Circumstances of death









 

In the night of 17 - 18 September 1944 the village of Simpelveld, Holland was the target of the German 674.Eisenbahn Artillerie-Batterie (674th Railway Artillery Battery), between 2200 hours (17 September 1944) until 0135 hours (18 September 1944) the 28cm heavy railway gun fired 12 shells on Simpelveld and lucky for nearly liberated inhabitants (and its American Liberators) of this small Dutch/German border village, shell number 13 had probably an manufactory failure and exploded in the huge gun barrel of the railway gun when it was fired.  During the bombardment of Simpelveld one shell landed 50 yards to the rear of the Command Post of the 120th Infantry Regiment, and almost all windows in the building were shattered. Two more shells landed in houses nearby, demolishing them. Technician 4th Grade Ed George Erickson whom had guard duty was killed and two other men in his unit were wounded. In one of the nearby houses two civilians (father and son) were killed and one civilian seriously wounded

 

SPECIAL THANKS

 

 

The Historical Society "De Bongard" who took care of the unveiling of the memorial plaque, 18 September 2004.

 

THE MEMORIAL PLAQUE WAS SPONSORED BY

 

The municipality of Simpelveld

The Historical Society "De Bongard", Simpelveld - Bocholtz 

 
 
 

 

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