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Edward A. Peters

506th Parachute Infantry Regt, 101st Airborne Division

Captain, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:

Maryland

Died:

6/9/1944

Grave Location:

Plot C, Row 13, Grave 43

The 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment insignia.

Before the war, Capt. Edward A. Peters was responsible for a camp of the Civilian Conservation Corps, a relief program created by the U.S. government during the Great Depression to supply work to the unemployed. 

Capt. Edward A. Peters (right) at the Hungerford Railway Station, May 28, 1944. The 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment was traveling to the Upottery Airfield.

Peters joined the army in 1942 and became a paratrooper with the 11thAirborne Division. In October 1942 he married, and ten months later his wife gave birth to their child. On Christmas Day 1943, Peters joined the 101stAirborne in England. He integrated into HQ Company of the 506thParachute Infantry Regiment, working directly with the commander of the Regiment, Col. Robert F. Sink. Peters was killed on D-Day plus 3, June 9, 1944, after being shot by a sniper during a patrol against a nest of German machine guns. He was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.

Wilbur W. Shanklin of the HQ Battalion of the 506th armed with an M1 rifle with its bayonet, a machete, U.S. and German grenades and a German bayonet. 6 June 1944.

Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart

Edward A. Peters is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot C, Row 13, Grave 43.