Edwin Albert Frier
PFC in Signal Co, Special
Military occupational specialty: 675
Born 1924 in NY, Died 2002
County of residence at enlistment: Erie County, NY
Other residence(s): Buffalo, NY
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: sales clerks
Ed Frier was born on March 25, 1924 in Buffalo, NY, the oldest of four children. His father worked as a driver and later as an auto mechanic; all four of his grandparents were born in Germany.
He grew up in Buffalo, graduating from School 9 in Buffalo in 1939 and later attending East High School. He registered for the draft shortly after his 18th birthday, on June 30, 1942; at the time he was working for Peter Young, Inc. When he enlisted in the Army, on March 15, 1943, he stated that he had completed one year of high school and was working as a salesclerk.
Ed was eventually assigned to the Signal Company Special, and served in Europe with the unit. He was discharged from the Army with the rank of PFC. After returning to Buffalo, he got a job as a clothing salesman in a men's retail store, and married Ruth M. Bauman on May 3, 1952.
Ed and Ruth would go on to have four sons: Robert, Ronald, Gary, and Edward. Ed worked for years at Michael Haman as a factory worker. In his spare time, he loved doing puzzles, playing cards, and watching John Wayne and Tarzan movies. He was also active in the American Legion, Matthew Glab Post 1477.
Ed died on December 1, 2002 in Buffalo, and is buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY.
1924 birth record
1925 NY state census
1939 article in the Buffalo News (NY) about his graduation from School 9 in Buffalo
1942 draft card
1943 enlistment record
1943 article in the Buffalo News (NY) about his being inducted to the Army
1952 marriage record
2002 US Veterans' Gravesites
2002 Social Security Applications and Claims Index
2002 Social Security Death Index
2002 Find a Grave record
2022 (March 16) GALP Veteran Biography Worksheet from son Gary J. Frier