Nephew researches uncle

I am looking for information concerning my uncle, Edwin Boles, who was reportedly in the 99th Infantry Division at the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge, survived the battle, and was killed in the vicinity of the Remagen Bridge in early March 1945. He was 19 years old.

He was a native of San Diego and would have been a 22-year-old Pfc. at the time of his death. We recently read the story of the “Battle Babies” in an article from the 1945 San Diego Union that mentioned him, and are hoping to visit the Remagen area this summer. He seems to have been buried at the Henri-Chapelle cemetery and then re-interred in San Diego after the war.

I never met my uncle, who was the baby of the family. Two of his other brothers served in the war. Interestingly enough, I read that the Germans were heading for Liege when the battle started. During the war, my wife’s grandparents were living there. Her dad was a little boy watching the Allied soldiers go by. My wife was born in Liege in 1964, so we are going back to visit the country that my uncle helped protect and which buried him.

Robert Boles

745 Faxon Ave.

San Francisco CA 94112

bob@beausoleil-architects.com

Last modified July 14, 2011

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