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Charles Alvon Edmands

PVT in 603rd Engineer Camouflage Bn : Co D, HQ Platoon


Born 1917 in RI, Died 2003

County of residence at enlistment: Providence County, RI
Other residence(s): Providence, RI in 1942; NH; Berwick, ME
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: skilled painters, construction and maintenance
Source: 603rd Camouflage Engineer Roster provided by W. Anderson; Bernie Mason Company D Roster; signature on NAZI Banner at; Bernie Mason Company D Roster; Bernie Mason photo of Company D in Trier with names on back

Charles Edmands was born in North Providence, Rhode Island on June 20, 1917.

He finished two or three years of high school and in 1935, at the age of 18, was working as a "bobbin boy" in a worsted mill. By 1940, he was working as a painter, employed by his father who was a general contractor. He registered for the draft on October 16, 1940, and enlisted on July 9 (or 23rd?) 1942.  (NOTE: His enlistment record says July 9 and his VA death record says July 23.)

Sometime between 1940 and 1943 he married Blanche M. Leeman.

He was hospitalized while in the military--from November 1943 to January 1944 for a disease--diagnosis withheld by NARA.

He was released from the Army on September 21, 1945 and moved home to Providence where his wife had been living.

There is very little information about his life beyond that point. He and Blanche divorced in November, 1959; the legal notice about the divorce implies children but I could find no record of them.

Later he married Mary Florence MacKenzie, who died in 1983.

In 1985, he was living in New Hampshire and married Betty A. Rainaud in Maine; he relocated to Berwick, Maine where he spent the rest of his life.

He died on December 28, 2003 in Berwick. Burial records show two cemetery locations--there is a stone with his correct dates and army rank of Tec 4 in Cook Cemetery in Woonsocket, RI. (Photo in Find a Grave.) And there is a US Veterans' Gravesite record which shows a gravesite of Rochester Cemetery, Rochester NH. (Also has correct birth/death dates and army rank, but there is no photo of a stone.) Possibly his ashes were buried in two locations, or one cemetery may have had a family monument or memorial on which he was mentioned, although not buried there.


1935 RI state census

1940 census

1940 draft registration

1942 enlistment record

1943 WW2 hospitalization record

1946 Providence city directory

1959 divorce record (clipping attached)

1985 marriage record

1993-2002 Berwick ME directory

2003 Social Security death record

2003 VA death record

2003 US Veterans gravesite record

2003 Find a Grave record

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