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Name: Edwin Frederick Amirault Rank: Private First Class, U.S. Army Service No: 31160357 Battalion: 21st Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division Awards: Purple Heart Date of Birth: July 8, 1907 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, NS Date of Enlistment: August 13, 1942 Place of Enlistment: Boston, Massachusetts Address at Enlistment: Wakefield, Massachusetts Age at Enlistment: 35 Height: 5 feet, 6 inches Complexion: Dark Eyes: Brown Hair: Dark Brown Weight: 140 lbs Trade: Accountant/Auditor Marital Status: Single (at enlistment) Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Ann Alice Amirault (Wife) Wakefield, Massachusetts Date of Death: January 2, 1945 Cemetery: Luxembourg American Cemetery (Luxembourg City, Luxembourg) Grave Reference: Plot D Row 11 Grave 7 The 5th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial Edwin was the son of Gilbert Amirault and Emma (Cotreau) Amirault. The family lived in Yarmouth at the time of his birth. Edwin and his mother lived with an uncle and aunt in New Edinburgh, Digby Co., NS in 1921. In 1929 at the age of 22, he left Canada, leaving Nova Scotia on the SS Yarmouth, and arriving in Boston on September 7, 1929. He entered the US using the name Edward; however, his name was corrected to Edwin on the US citizenship papers. Edwin completed four years of college. Following his enlistment in August, 1942, he applied for US citizenship on November 24, 1942. He married Ann Alice Cottreau (1917-1998) on September 10, 1943. Ann was born in Wedgeport, Yarmouth Co., NS. At the time of his death she resided at 15 Crystal Lake Park in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Private Amirault was killed in the attack on Mande-St. Etienne, Belgium, on January 2, 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge. The attack started in mid-afternoon. Both infantry and armored task forces moved into the town but were forced to fight street to street and cellar to cellar all through the night before securing full possession. Source: American Battle Monuments Commission
Edwin Frederick Amirault