Saturday, December 3, 2016

SGT Edward R. Cawley

SGT Edward R. Cawley was born 21 Jul 1918 in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania to John Francis and Catherine H (Higgins) Cawley. Edward's grandparents, John and Bridget (Nallon) Cawley, had immigrated from Ireland.  Edward's father died in August 1925 when Edward was only 7.  Working as fire boss there was an explosion of gas in the mine and he suffered 3rd degree burns over his entire body.   In 1940 several of the children were working to support the family of 8 and reportedly earned $2090 in 1939.

Drafted in February 1943. He was shipped overseas in mid-September 1944. He was assigned to G Company 116th Infantry on 29 Oct 1944.  SGT Cawley was killed in action 3 Dec 1944.

Younger brother John Francis Cawley Jr served in the Navy during the war (1942-1946 and was overseas 39 months). John Francis served in Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons 19, 23 & 16.

His mother died in 1948. 

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