FLEXER Edwin B - 38 IR 2 ID

Source : Daniel Maly
AGE27 yo
DATE OF BIRTH3 July 1917 Philadelphia

 Spouse : Agnès

Son : Ned

RANKStaff Sergeant
Squad Leader
Infantry Man
DATE of ENLISTEMENT27 January 1941 Philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA
BATTALION3rd Battalion
REGIMENT 38th Infantry Regiment
DIVISION 2nd Infantry Division
DATE OF DEATH1 August 1944

FLEXER Edwin B - 38 IR 2 ID

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PLACE OF DEATHSouleuvre sector

 CEMTERY TEMPORARY of  Marigny N°3555


Story of Cemetery Temporary  


Map of St James American Cemetery


Bronze Star

Purple Heart

World War II Victory Medal 

Combat Infantryman Badge


Photo FDLM

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Edwin Flexer was born on July 3, 1917 in Philadelphia, state Pennsylvania. He had six siblings (three brothers and three sisters). Although Edwin lived in the city, he loved horses and spent a lot of time at a stable where he took care of horses and rode horses a lot. Edwin enlisted in the Army on January 27, 1941 and prior to his transfer to the 2nd Infantry Division, he served in a cavalry unit. Edwin had one great dream! He was going to move with his wife Agnes and son Ned to Texas, when he comes back from the war. He wanted to live on a ranch and take care of horses.

In July 1944, S/Sgt. Edwin Flexer was already fighting in Normandy with his Company L. Edwin served as a company radio operator and was awarded the Bronze Star for his action on July 3, 1944 when he managed to repair unit’s radio and maintain contact with his division while under fire. On August 1, 38th Infantry Regiment was attacking near Souleuvre river in direction of the city Vire, France. Ned Flexer was 9 months old when his father was killed in action on this day. S/Sgt. Edwin Flexer was 27 years old.

“My mother was a widow at 26 with a 9 month old and used, what I remember was, the $5000.00 insurance money from the government and put it on a row house in Philadelphia and 3 of her sisters and their husbands and kids moved in with us, 16 people in a 5 bedroom house for the first 10 years of my life. My mom remarried when I was 21 after I finished college and seminary. I didn’t understand why I didn’t have a father for many years. Now I am 75 years old and I think about him every day.” wrote Ned Flexer.

We are often thankful to the men, who brought us our freedom but we should commemorate also their families: parents, wives, children and siblings who all lost their beloved ones because their sacrifice and pain are hidden in their hearts forever.

Thank you family Flexer and S/Sgt. Edwin B. Flexer. We will never forget your sacrifice!

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FLEXER Edwin B - 38 IR 2 ID

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FLEXER Edwin B - 38 IR 2 ID

In May 2000, Rev. Ned flexer visited his father´s grave at Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial in Saint-James, Normandy.

Source : Flexer Family Collection


FLEXER Edwin B - 38 IR 2 ID



Major General Walter M. Robertson honors S/Sgt. Edwin B. Flexer with the Bronze Star for his action on July 3, 1944.

Source : Flexer Family Collection

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26 Octobre 1917  Days of Combat/Jour de Combat  303
   Casualties/Victimes 16 795

Entered Combat/Entré au combat

8 Jun 44 Normandy  

Commanding Generals/Commandants généraux

Maj. Gen. John C. H. Lee (Nov 41 - May 42)
Maj. Gen. Walter M. Robertson (May 42 - Jun 45)
Brig. Gen. W. K. Harrison (Jun 45 - Sep 45)
Maj. Gen. Edward M. Almond (Sep 45 - Jun 46)


Normandy (6 Jun 44 - 24 Jul 44)
Northern France (25 Jul 44 - 14 Sep 44)
Rhineland (15 Sep 44 - 21 Mar 45)
Ardennes-Alsace (16 Dec 44 - 25 Jan 45)
Central Europe (22 Mar 45 - 11 May 45)



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After training in Ireland and Wales from October 1943 to June 1944, the 2d Infantry Division crossed the channel to land on Omaha Beach on D plus 1, 7 June 1944, near St. Laurent-sur-Mer. Attacking across the Aure River, the Division liberated Trevieres, 10 June, and proceeded to assault and secure Hill 192, the key enemy strongpoint on the road to St. Lo. With the hill taken 11 July 1944, the Division went on the defensive until 26 July. Exploiting the St. Lo break-through, the 2d Division advanced across the Vire to take Tinchebray 15 August 1944. The Division then moved west to join the battle for Brest, the heavily defended fortress surrendering 18 September 1944 after a 39-day contest. The Division took a brief rest 19-26 September before moving to defensive positions at St. Vith. The German Ardennes offensive in mid-December forced the Division to withdraw to defensive positions near Elsenborn, where the German drive was halted. In February 1945 the Division attacked, recapturing lost ground, and seized Gemund, 4 March. Reaching the Rhine 9 March, the 2d advanced south to take Breisig, 10-11 March, and to guard the Remagen bridge, 12-20 March. The Division crossed the Rhine 21 March and advanced to Hadamar and Limburg, relieving elements of the 9th Armored Division, 28 March. Advancing rapidly in the wake of the 9th Armored, the 2d Division crossed the Weser at Veckerhagen, 6-7 April, captured. Gottingen 8 April, established a bridgehead across the Saale, 14 April, seizing Merseburg on the 15th. On the 18th the Division took Leipzig, mopped up in the area, and outposted the Mulde River; elements which had crossed the river were withdrawn 24 April. Relieved on the Mulde, the 2d moved 200 miles, 1-3 May, to positions along the GermanCzech border near Schonsee and Waldmunchen, and attacked in the general direction of Pilsen, reaching that city as the war in Europe ended.


Après s'être entraînée en Irlande et au Pays de Galles d'octobre 1943 à juin 1944, la 2e Division d'infanterie traverse le chenal pour débarquer à Omaha Beach le jour du 1er au 7 juin 1944, près de Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer. Attaquant de l'autre côté de la rivière Aure, la division libéra Trévires, le 10 juin, et attaqua et sécurisa la colline 192, le principal point d'appui de l'ennemi sur la route de Saint-Lô. Avec la montée de la colline le 11 juillet 1944, la division est passée sur la défensive jusqu'au 26 juillet. Exploitant la percée de Saint-Lô, la 2 e division avança à travers la Vire pour prendre Tinchebray le 15 août 1944. La division se dirigea ensuite vers l'ouest pour rejoindre la bataille de Brest, la forteresse fortement défendue capitulant le 18 septembre 1944 après un combat de 39 jours. La division a pris un peu de repos du 19 au 26 septembre avant de passer à des positions défensives à St. Vith. L'offensive des Ardennes allemandes à la mi-décembre a contraint la division à se replier vers des positions défensives près d'Elsenborn, où la campagne allemande a été stoppée. En février 1945, la division attaqua, reprenant le terrain perdu et s'empara de Gemund le 4 mars. Atteignant le Rhin le 9 mars, le 2d s'avance vers le sud pour prendre Breisig, 10-11 mars, et pour garder le pont de Remagen, du 12 au 20 mars. La Division a traversé le Rhin le 21 mars et a avancé à Hadamar et Limburg, en soulageant des éléments de la 9ème Division Blindée, le 28 mars. Avançant rapidement dans le sillage de la 9ème Armored, la 2d Division a traversé la Weser à Veckerhagen, 6-7 avril, capturé. Göttingen, le 8 avril, établit une tête de pont à travers la Saale, le 14 avril, s'emparant de Merseburg le 15. Le 18, la division s'empare de Leipzig, épongée dans la région, et a quitté la rivière Mulde; les éléments qui avaient traversé la rivière ont été retirés le 24 avril. Relâché sur la Mulde, le 2d se déplace de 200 miles, 1-3 mai, à des positions le long de la frontière Tchécoslovaque près de Schonsee et Waldmunchen, et attaque dans la direction générale de Pilsen, atteignant cette ville comme la guerre en Europe a pris fin.


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