|SERVICE HISTORY OF RAYMOND EDGELL
Raymond R. Edgell entered service on November 16th 1942 from West Virginia.
He served as a member of B Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne
S/Sgt. Edgell was Killed In Action (KIA) in Holland on September 24th 1944.
|U.S. Army Paratrooper
101st Airborne Division, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, B Company
S/Sgt. Raymond R. Edgell 15324710
Killed In Action - September 24th 1944 Holland
|Envelope or "Cover", above photo.
This envelope was mailed by S/Sgt Raymond R. Edgell to Mr. and Mrs. Mont Edgell (his parents), Glendale
West Virginia in 1943 during paratrooper training.
|SEPTEMBER 24th 1944
The 101st Airborne Division assaulted Holland on September 17th 1944 to seize the bridges at Veghel and
Zon, north of Eindhoven. The former was captured but the Germans demolished the Zon Bridge as the
paratroopers approached it. A footbridge was improvised at Zon and the Division advanced toward
Eindhoven which it cleared the next day. The Division contained counterattacks toward Zon on September
19th 1944 and maintained its positions at Eindhoven, Zon, St Oedenrode and Veghel. After heavy combat
the Division advanced to take Schijndel September 21st 1944. The 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
reopened the Veghel-Uden Highway on September 23rd which had been cut the previous day. This forced
the German defenders to abandon the Koevering roadblock on September 25th 1944 in an enveloping
attack. The Division was relieved of its positions and withdrew to France for rehabilitation on November