PVT Edward Clarence McCarty was born 21 Aug 1919 in Mount Eden, Kentucky. He was the 2nd of 2 sons born to Edward Clarence and Nannie Pearl (Ashby) McCarty. His father worked as a farm hand, salesman and carpenter. Edward left home and married Lucy B. Curtsinger in 1938. In 1939 they had a daughter, Brenda and in 1940 Edward was working as a laborer for the W.P.A. He reported a 1939 income of $360. At the time they were paying $4 a month in rent.
Edward was living in Louisville, Kentucky when he was drafted in December 1943. There is no record of his transfer from the replacement depot so he must have been assigned directly to K Company 116th Infantry upon arrival in England in May 1944. He would not have had much time for training for the amphibious assault that was part of the invasion of occupied Europe but K Company had a relatively easy time of it and he survived until he was killed in action on 30 Aug 1944.
PVT McCarty was buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.
His wife remarried shortly after his death but died at age 37 of pulmonary tuberculosis.