Edward J. Powers

The body of Corp. Edward J. Powers formerly of 1239 Selma rd will arrive In Springfield Monday morning for interment Corp Powers was killed In action near Rennes France Aug 5 1944 Corp Powers resided In Spring-field practically all of his life. He attended St. Joseph Grammar and Catholic Central Schools. He was inducted into the armed forces April 3 1942 at Fort Hayes Corp Powers was assigned to the 86th Reconnalssnce Battalion of the Sixth Armored Division then stationed at Camp Chaffee, Ark. He participated in the Louisiana maneuvers in the late summer of 1942 and from there moved with the Sixth Armored Division to a camp In the Mojave Desert.
In January 1943 Corp. Powers was transferred to Camp Cooke, Calif., where he remained until January, 1944. During the period spent at Camp Cooke Corp Powers was one of a military group assigned to an area north of Hollywood where they took part in the filming of a motion picture. In January 1944 Corp. Powers moved to Camp Shanks, N Y., and from there sailed for England where he was stationed near Moreton-in-the Marsh, Gloucestershire England until June 1944, when his battalion participated in the invasion of France. Corp. Powers was killed by enemy fire In a small village near Rennes, France. and was buried by the French citizens and later identified and reburied by the American forces In St James Cemetery, St James, France. 
On Aug, 21, 1944, word was received that Corp. Powers was missing in action. Corp. Powers was 30 years of age at the time of his death. In November 1943 while stationed at Camp Cooke Calif, Corp Powers was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and in December, 1944, his next of kin were advised by Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, at request of the President that Corp. Power had been awarded posthumously the Purple Heart. Mrs Michael J Powers 1239 Selma rd., as mother and immediate next of kin of Corp. Powers received the following message of condolence from President Roosevelt. "He stands in the unbroken line or patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live, and grow, and increase Iits blessings. Freedom lives and through it he lives in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men"
Corp. Powers is survived by his mother three brothers the Rev Fr. Francis X. Powers and the Rev. Fr. Alfred J. Powers both of Cincinnati and Earl M. Powers of Bellefontaine and four sisters Mrs. R. J. Huber Miss. Angela Powers, Mrs. Paul Perry and Mrs. Robert M. Sullivan, all of Springfield. 
Corp Towers was the son of the late Michael J. Powers former member of the Clark County Board of Elections. The body will be taken to the O'Brien-Kenney funeral home, where services will be conducted at 11 a m Tuesday. Burial will be In Calvary Cemetery, where the VFW will conduct services at the grave.
The Springfield Daily News
Springfield, Ohio
11 Jul 1948, Sun  •  Page 2
The Springfield Daily News
Springfield, Ohio
23 Aug 1944, Wed  •  Page 1
On the occaision of the 50th anniversary of its liberation, August 6th 1944, the town of Chateauneuf du Faou, which holds the "Croix du Guerre" for its resistance during the war, erected this memorial in honor of those Americans who died on its soil. A group of American veterans, some of who had fought in the battle for Chateauneuf du Foau in 1944, were present for the unveiling ceremony.
Hoyt A.  Cannon
Martin J.  Clark
Chester Galloway
John N.  Hall
Anthony J.  Pilipaic
Edward J.  Powers
Donald D.  Roehm
Paul D.  Shaver

Edward J. Powers

Corporal, U.S. Army

86th Cavalry Reconn Squadron, 6th Armored Division

Entered the Service From: Ohio

Service #: 

Date of Death: 5 August, 1944

Buried: Calvary Cemetery

Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, VS

Awards: Purple Heart