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.
Scrapbook, Dorchester, newspaper clipping
|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|
|Area of War||Europe|
|Detail of Service||B-24 crew|
|Killed in action|