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Army 1
26 Aug 1912 2
1912 1
New Jersey 1
13 May 1944 2
Italy 2

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Edmund S Leaming 1
Level of Education: 2 years of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
26 Aug 1912 2
1912 1
New Jersey 1
Male 2
13 May 1944 2
Italy 2
Place: CapeMay County, New Jersey 1

World War II 1

Army 1
Enlistment Date:
03 Apr 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
32264221 1
Enlistment Place:
Ft Dix New Jersey 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
Insurance clerks, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0489 1
Film Reel Number: 2.153 1

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A Silver Star, awarded post-humuously to Lieutenant Edmund S. Leaming, was presnted to his morther, Mrs. Edna R. Leaming, of 664 Hughes Strees, by Captain Brown, of the Fifth District last week.

Lieutenant Leaming was killed in action last May.

A citation accompanying the Silver Star award read as follows:

"For gallantry in action on 13 May, 1944, in ---. Leading his platoon in a determined attack upon a well emplaced enemy force, Lieutenant Leaming guided it skillfully through enemy mindefields and intense mortar and machine gun fire only to be halted 300 yards short of the objective by an enemy machine gun nest emplaced in a house. Finding that the rocket launcher carried by his group failed to operate, he repaired it under continuing heavy fire and led an assult squad to destroy the enemy position. Finding further advance impossible due to the inability of units upon his flank to move forward, he organized a defensive position upon an intermediate objective. While directing his platoon in the preparation of its defensive position, Lieutenant Leaming was fatally wounded, but refused evacuation which might have saved his life to assure himself that the prepartions were completed. His courageous and unselfish leadership during the crucial stages of the attached inspried his men to their utmost and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service."

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On August 22, 1948, the Church Bell of Cape Island Baptist Church in Cape May, New Jersey was presented by Robert Jaegle in memory of Edmund Leaming.

Monument dedicated to 339th infantry in Tremesuoli Italy

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Monument to the 339th Regimental Combat Team in Tremensuoli, Italy. Dedicated in 1992 by members of the Polar Bear Association of World War II, the ceremony was attended by numerous veterans, the mayor of Tremensuoli, and former regimental CO John English. The monument stands in the center square of the village with narrative in English and Italian. The veterans who attended the dedication were both thrilled and heartened by the warm greeting they received from the residents of the ancient village and their promise to care for the monument.

Photo by Alessandro Campagna

The story of the monument...

In 1988, a committee was formed to design and arrange for a monument to be erected in Italy to mark the achievements of the 339th Infantry and locate the site where the regiment saw its heaviest, and most memorable, battle action. William Owens III, former S-3 and Cannon Company commander, was elected committee chairman and found the effort to be rewarding, yet extremely complicated when dealing with the Italian government. The design and placement of the monument was the first task and several designs were looked at to finalize the best material and design possible. The 338th Infantry Association had already placed a monument near the Il Giogo Pass at Mount Altuzzo, and Owens visited the monument to study design and preservation problems. Paul Paupel, an American-born designer and sculptor living in Italy, did the work for the 338th Association and he was selected to design the 339th's monument.

Fund raising began immediately. The monument proposal was brought before the membership at a reunion and the hat was passed among the attendees. A total of $800 was gathered from the membership which was a great start! More funds would be required to get the monument designed and built. After many trials and tribulations, Chairman of the Monument committee William Owens had succeeded in a choice of design and location- the village square in Tremensuoli, the tiny village that was shattered by war and rebuilt on the site. By 1992, the monument design was approved and the black polished text tablets and granite tablet were cut. The monument was dedicated in September, 1992 by members of the Polar Bear Association of World War II and accepted by the mayor of Tremensuoli as a memorial of friendship and ties with the American liberators who came and died around their village in 1944.

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