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Edward Francis Oxner
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Name: Edgar Francis Oxner Rank: Sergeant Service No.: 33600335 Service: United States Army Unit: 45th Reconnaissance Troop, 45th Infantry Division (The Thunderbird Division) Date of Birth: June 21, 1909 Place of Birth: Lunenburg, NS Date of Enlistment: April 13, 1943 Place of Enlistment: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Age at Enlistment: 33 Address at Enlistment: 34 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Next of Kin: Mr Charles A Oxner (Father) Trade: Salesman Religion: Protestant / Church of England Date of Death: September 22, 1944 Age at Death: 35 Cemetery: Epinal American Cemetery, Dinozé, France Grave: Plot A, Row 6, Grave 63 Born in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Edgar was the son of Charles Albert Oxner (1877-1950) and Ina Jane (Frizell) Oxner (1874-1948). He was the brother of Lorna T., Merril G., and Vida C. Oxner. He was married to Edna Swanland (1915-1957) and was the father of a son, Edgar, and a daughter Vida Jane. He went to school at the Lunenburg Academy. In 1928 he moved to Boston and later to Pennsylvania, where he was employed as an engineer in the Supplee Ice-cream Company (Sealtest Ice Cream’s predecessor) until his enlistment. At the age of 27, he applied for US citizenship April 14, 1937, and was living at Barton Avenue in Essington, Pennsylvania, Edgar enlisted in Pennsylvania on April 13, 1943 and completed basic training in Mississippi. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant while serving in Mississippi. His Division went overseas to Africa in December of 1943 and later moved to Sicily, Italy, and France Sergeant Oxner was killed in action, the result of artillery shell fragments, on September 22, 1944.