and Ed's Parents
Gertrude Hart Early in Life
Hart W.W.II Story
Hart W.W.II Photos
Ed & Gert - Wedding,
Ed & Gert, The Early Years
The Hart Family, A New Life
The Hart Family at Home
The Harts, 1989
Hart Reunion, Friendship,
Father's Day, 2002
Hellems Family Photos
Tribute to Ed Hart
Shortly after Edward's mother passed away he was drafted
into the US Army. The date was February 27th, 1943.
Edward was a 19 year old, 147lb. Stock clerk. He first
went to Camp White, Oregon for basic training and
maneuvering. He was then shipped off to Fort Lewis,
Washington. When he arrived there he was told he would
soon be going to Japan to fight the war in the Pacific.
Things changed, however, and he was sent to Fort Pierce,
Florida. At Fort Pierce, he received amphibious and
demolition training. He received the news that he would
be taking part in the invasion of Europe.
Then as a member of the 299th Combat Engineers Battalion,
on April 6th, 1944, Edward was shipped to England. The
boat ride was 2 weeks. Later that year was the Battle of
the Bulge. In the Battle of the Bulge, Ed and his platoon
had to keep the Germans from using the Road and bridges
by blowing them up as the enemy crossed. For most of the
war Ed stayed at the Rhine River and guarded the pontoon
bridges that were built for tanks to cross.
Ed came back to America on December 8th, 1945. He landed
in Boston, Massachusetts. He served 2 years, 9 months and
4 days. He received the European-African-Middle Eastern
Service Medal with a Bronze Arrowhead, an American
Service Medal, a World War II Victory Medal, a Good
Conduct Medal, and a Presidential Citation with a medal.