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Edwin Kluthe, 2007 

  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Highest Rank: Corporal
  • Military Service: Drafted, March 2, 1943-November 5, 1945


Listen to the following sections by scrolling forward to the timecode.

0:00 - Drafted into the infantry at 18. Single
2:36 - Had six men under him and all survived.
3:20 - Went back into the military as a mail clerk
5:06 - Detail was to pick up bodies in German minefields
7:39 - Was awarded 4 battle stars
9:00 - Shares a couple of stories about his experience
11:16 - Life back in Miller SD after the war

Edwin Kluthe Obituary 

This story was recorded at an SDPB event in Miller, SD. 

Images Provided by Edwin Kluthe

Photo of Leaning Tower of Pisa taken During WWII

Ed Kluthe of Miller enjoys a game of craps at a camp in Italy during WWII. Kluthe is pictured 2nd from the left.

Citation for Edwin C. Kluthe, 37551109, Private First Class, Infantry, 86th (Click)

Personal Letter from Ken Burn to Kluthe (Click)

Second Battalion, 86th Mountain Infantry History, 23 Dec, 1944 to 30 Sept, 1945 (Click)

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