George Charles Peddle Jr.
S/SGT in Signal Co, Special : Radio A
ASN#33470623 Casualty: Killed
Born 1920 in PA, Died 1945
County of enlistment: Philadelphia, PA
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: stock clerks
College education before the war: 3 years
George Peddle was born on January 24, 1920, in Philadelphia, an only child. After graduating from high school, he got a job at General Electric as a stock clerk to put himself through college. He registered for the draft on July 1, 1941, and enlisted on December 1, 1942, at which time he had completed three years of schooling.
By 1945, the 6'2" Peddle had gotten himself promoted to Staff SGT and was in charge of a five-man radio team. According to the 1945 Official History of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, George was an "enterprising radio platoon sergeant." His radio truck was in a convoy that was shelled near the close of Operation Bouzonville. He was hit by shrapnel, and mortally wounded. According to PFC Bill Anderson, men went to help Peddle, but he said: “Don’t bother, I’m going to die.” At least 15 other men were wounded in the same barrage. He died on March 13, 1945 and is buried at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial.
1941 draft card
1942 enlistment record
1945 Find a Grave record
1945 US Veterans Interred Overseas
1945 Official History of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops
1950 Pennsylvania US Veterans' Compensation File