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      Excited to share my latest group in my 36th ID focus, a fantastic one to Edward Fiedler, a rifleman of A Company, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division.

 

      Fiedler hailed from Detroit, Michigan and worked alongside his father in a Chevrolet factory as a draftsman prior to being drafted himself in early 1944. He went through basic at Fort Sheridan and Camp Wheeler prior to going overseas where he was assigned to his combat unit on 7 December 1944. His arrival to the 36th was somewhat chaotic as he was brought up in a jeep right as his company was engaged in heavy combat in Riquewihr in the Vosges. Told to turn in his helmet and rifle, Fiedler and one of his close buddies were given medic cross-painted lids and a stretcher being told to act as litter bearers for the severely injured 1st Battalion. They retained this role for nearly a week, working day and night to drag wounded GIs and Germans from the city streets and fields as the final German push to keep the 36th off the Alsatian Plain rolled to a halt. Afterward he returned to his rifleman duties and continued on with the division pushing across the Moder, the Rhine, and into Germany itself.

 

Find his full story here: https://www.36thdivisionarchive.com/pa-36-fiedler

 

      In all it’s a fantastic group with some really stellar pieces. The highlight of course is what I believe to be a private purchase ike jacket (made of a finer wool material than most you see) that features regimental DUIs, theater made sewn ribbons, and a fantastic German-made T-Patch. Also included are various photos and souvenirs from his time in the 36th including two Chenille-style patches, his dog tags, and a replacements welcome pamphlet he would’ve received upon joining the division in December 1944. From his postwar service is a painting of him in his civilian worker uniform and his East-West Germany travel pass from 1947 among other things.

 

Very excited to have this set in the collection


 

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manayunkman

Exquisite presentation.

 

Love his attention to his ribbon bar.

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