Edwin Louis Barron T/Sgt E-6 Quartermaster Corps
Edwin Louis Barron was born on 18 Dec 1920 in Colchester, VT and was baptized as Edward Louis Barron 2 days later at St Francis Xavier church in Winooski, VT, the firstborn of Louis Barron and Emma Dumas who were married on 1 Sep 1919 at St Joseph church in Burlington, VT. Looking at the 1930 census they were living at 239 Riverside Ave, named Barren, and had 5 children (all which were baptized at St Joseph church); and his father Louis, from Canada, was a foreman at a gravel quarry. In the 1940 census they were named Barren again versus Barron and living at 239 Riverside Ave in Burlington with 6 children but Edwin was not listed. His dad Louis was an Assistant Superintendent at the Burlington Street Department, and he died on 30 Aug 1940. Louis’ parents were Louis Barron and Amelia Lange. In the 1939 Burlington City Directory Edwin is listed as a Mechanic. Edwin attended Cathedral High School in Burlington. Edwin was involved in 2 car crashes, one when he was 18 and another when he was 19. (1938 & 1939)
Burlington Free Press 9 Jan 1940. He enlisted on 28 Dec 1939 for Coast Artillery, regular Army, Fort Totten, NY and his service number was #6152551. In Nov 1942 he arrived in England.
BPF Edwin Died 15 Nov 1944 from suffocation and burns in action, T/SGT 3357 Truck Co. A. S. Quartermaster Corps.
(BPF) Burlington Free Press 2 Dec 1944: Tech Sgt Edwin L. Barron was killed in action at Langres, France. Upon completion of his basic training he was sent to a mechanical school in Baltimore, MD and Detroit, MI. Later he went to England. Sgt Barron fought in the African invasion, Sicilian invasion; Italy; Vatican City, it was while here that he visited Pope Pius XXII; and in the southern invasion of France.
BFP 15 Dec 1944: On his birthday anniversary, a Memorial Mass at St Joseph church for Edwin Barron
Edwin’s Mother applied for a bronze marker on 21 Jun 1950. I never found any reference in the Burlington newspaper about Edwin’s body coming home. The plaque is at the Resurrection Park cemetery in So. Burlington.
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