On this Veteran’s Day, we are celebrating my great uncle, Edward Bernard “Red” Schoudel, who bravely fought for our freedom and democracy in World War II. He is my maternal grandmother’s brother.
Uncle Eddie was only 22 years old when he registered for the draft in 1940, single and living in Chicago at the time. He landed on Utah Beach. He was injured in France from an ammunition explosion in June 1944 and had shrapnel in his back for the rest of his life. Doctors could not remove it because it was too close to the spine.
Uncle Eddie was born in 1918 and passed away in 1993 at the age of 74.
Thank you so much for risking your life to defend our freedom and free others from Nazi oppression and tyranny!