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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
Source: Unit Shipment 10143-D, 23d HQ, from le Havre 23 June 1945

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*1pgmcs9*_ga*MTAyNTE2MjQyOS4xNjc0NjQ5Nzg0*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY3NDc2NzA2MS45LjEuMTY3NDc3MDE2OS41OC4wLjA.*_ga_B2YGR3SSMB*NzIzNGZhYWEtMzIxMS00N2RjLWFhMjUtNTFiMTZjZDIwNmM3LjIyLjEuMTY3NDc3MDE3MC41Ny4wLjA.

1925 NY state census

1930 census

1939 article in the Buffalo News (NY) about his graduation from School 9 in Buffalo

1940 census

1942 draft card

1943 enlistment record

1943 article in the Buffalo News (NY) about his being inducted to the Army

1950 census

1952 marriage record*1clauzu*_ga*MTAyNTE2MjQyOS4xNjc0NjQ5Nzg0*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY3NDc2NzA2MS45LjEuMTY3NDc3MDIxNS4xMi4wLjA.*_ga_B2YGR3SSMB*NzIzNGZhYWEtMzIxMS00N2RjLWFhMjUtNTFiMTZjZDIwNmM3LjIyLjEuMTY3NDc3MDIxNi4xMS4wLjA.

2002 US Veterans' Gravesites

2002 Social Security Applications and Claims Index

2002 Social Security Death Index*k6g9gg*_ga*MTAyNTE2MjQyOS4xNjc0NjQ5Nzg0*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY3NDc3Mzg1NS4xMC4xLjE2NzQ3NzQ1ODIuNDcuMC4w*_ga_B2YGR3SSMB*NzIzNGZhYWEtMzIxMS00N2RjLWFhMjUtNTFiMTZjZDIwNmM3LjIzLjEuMTY3NDc3NDU4My40Ni4wLjA.

2002 Find a Grave record*1jy1iiq*_ga*MTAyNTE2MjQyOS4xNjc0NjQ5Nzg0*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY3NDc3Mzg1NS4xMC4xLjE2NzQ3NzQ2NzUuMTcuMC4w*_ga_B2YGR3SSMB*NzIzNGZhYWEtMzIxMS00N2RjLWFhMjUtNTFiMTZjZDIwNmM3LjIzLjEuMTY3NDc3NDY3Ni4xNi4wLjA.

2022 (March 16) GALP Veteran Biography Worksheet from son Gary J. Frier

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