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Biography of Edwin F. Vrla

Ennis, Texas

Edwin Vrla was a staff sergeant in the United States Army Air Corps. He enlisted in the army on September 22, 1942, and received training at Randolph Field, which was known as the "West Point of the Air," and located about 15-miles northeast of San Antonio, Texas. He received additional training in Florida and New Mexico before leaving the United States in December of 1943. 

He served in South America, Africa and Italy, and had flown 37 missions according to the last letter received by his parents on April 27. Edwin was an aero engineer on a B-24 Liberator that was shot down over Toulon, France on April 29, 1944. He was reported missing in action, but on June 30, his parents received a telegram notifying them of his death. Records show that he was reburied on April 19, 1949 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri in plot 82 0 233.

Edwin was the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Vrla. He was born in Ennis on April 5, 1921, and graduated Ennis High School. 

He was awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart Medal. 

He is listed on the Memorial Monument to Ennis War Dead and the Ellis County Veterans Memorial.


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