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Edwin Vrla was a staff sergant in the United States Army Air Corps. He enlisted in the army on September 22, 1942. He left the United States in December of 1943. He was an aero engineer on a B-24 Liberator that was shot down in France on April 29, 1944. He was reburied on April 19, 1949 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

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



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Edwin Frank Vrla

Personal information

Gender Man
Date of Birth 04/05/1921
Date of Death 04/29/1944
Place of Birth Ennis, Ellis County, TX
Place of Death Toulon, France
Immigration Grandchild to at least one Czech-born grandparent.
Could speak Czech Not identified
Parents Frank Bohumil Vrla and Mary Hattie (Kudrna) Vrla

Military information

Area of War Europe
Rank S/Stg.
Branch Air force
Detail of Service B-24 crew
Killed in action