T. Sgt. Edwin E. Craig

April 22, 1919–July 10, 1944

Service #: 37046228
Residence: Jones, Iowa
Education: 4 years high school
Occupation: Farming
Marital Status: Married, one child
Enlistment Date: June 27, 1941
Enlistment Place: Camp Dodge, IA
Service/Unit: 363rd Infantry, 91st Division
Awards: *****
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Monticello, Iowa

T/Sgt Craig Wounded

Mrs. Edwin Craig received word Monday, July 24, from the war department stating that her husband, T/Sgt. Edwin E. Craig has been seriously wounded while serving with the infantry in Italy on July 6. No further details were given. Mrs. Craig is the former Mary McLees. She and her daughter are making their home with Pearl McLees for the duration.

Source: Monticello Express, Monticello, Iowa, July 27, 1944


The death of Tech. Sgt. Edwin E. Craig, 25, Hopkinton, occurred in a hospital in Italy July 10. He had suffered wounds in battle July 5, and it is thought that his death was the result of these injuries. His wife, who makes her home with Miss Pearl McLees, Monticello, received a telegram from the government Tuesday afternoon, telling of the death of her husband. The first message telling of his wounds in battle was received by his wife July 24.

Tech. Sgt. Craig entered the United States army June 27, 1941, at Camp Dodge, Des Moines. From there, he was sent to Camp Polk, La., where he remained until February, 1943. After desert maneuvers, he went to Camp Cooke, Calif., where he remained from April 8, 1943, to November, 1943. He was then sent to Camp Adair, Ore., and embarked for overseas in April, 1944. His service was with the army in the Italian campaign.

He was born April 22, 1919, and graduated from the Center Junction high school with the class of 1936. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Craig, who live near Hopkinton. After finishing school, he worked with his father on the farm until entering army service. He was married to Mary Catherine McLees December 27, 1941. One daughter was born to this union, Catherine Ann. The last time he was home an a furlough was from January 28 to February 5, 1944.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by his parents, grandmother, Mrs. M. D. Foster, lLinby, la.; and the following sisters, Mrs. H. W. Ireland, Des Moines; Mrs. C. F. Taylor, Olin; Mrs. R. L. Duncan, Morley; Ethel J. Craig and Betty Lou Craig, at home.

Source: Monticello Express, Monticello< Iowa, August 10, 1944

Photo: Sandy Stewart

Memorial Service Held Sunday For T- Sergeant Edwin E. Craig

Scotch Grove Community Expresses Sympathy To Young Man's Family, Who Lived There 12 Years

SCOTCH GROVE—The people of the Scotch Grove community take this means of expressing their deepest sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Craig and family and to Mrs. Edwin Craig and daughter upon the death of T/Sgt. Edwin E. Craig.

Living in Scotch Grove for 12 years, Edwin made a place for himself in the community and in the Center Junction community also, where he was a graduate from the Center Junction high school.

Monday morning of this week a memorial service with Rev. Father Stoll in charge was held in the Sacred Heart church, Monticello. for Sgt. Craig. Sunday morning of this week a gold cross was placed by Sgt. Craig's name on the honor roll of the Scotch Grove Presbyterian church and later a gold star will be affixed to the service flag of that church where Edwin attended while living in this locality. Several from Scotch Grove attended the Memorial service for Edwin Craig Monday morning in Monticello among whom were: Rev. Frederick G. Tyrrell, Mrs. M. M. Sinclair, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Lacock, Miss Esther Sinclair, Mrs. Edna Ladehoff, Mrs. Leslie Himebaugh, Mrs. W. B. Clark, Ruth and Alice Clark, Mrs. John Otten, Joyce Otten, Mrs. Selena Otten Blohm of Waterloo, and Mrs. James Meade and Mrs. Allen Serbousek of Center Junction.

Source: Monticello Express, Monticello, Iowa, August 17, 1944