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Dr. Edward L. Rose, Jr. « North Carolina's WWII ExperienceNorth Carolina's WWII Experience

Dr. Edward L. Rose, Jr.

Hometown: Norlina, NC
Branch of Service: National Guard, 2/BN, 358TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
Location of Service: Europe

Edward Lawrence rose was born 1919 at “Rosedale farm” in Norlina NC.

Graduated from Norlina high school in 1936. He joined Captain Claude Bowers company b,120 infantry regiment, the 30th”old hickory” division of the North Carolina national guard. Promoted thru the ranks from private to non commissioned officer he was directly commissioned into federal service.

As a second lt. he subsequently was assigned to the infantry school at Fort Benning, Georgia. From training at Fort Benning, he was assigned as a platoon leader in the 90th infantry “tough hombres” division. The division participated in the invasion of Europe assaulting across Utah Beach, June 6 1944.

Captain rose commanding F Company 2/bn, 358th infantry regiment commanded the company until wounded during the assault of “fortress metz” November 1944. He was evacuated to England for treatment of his wounds and subsequently returned to the regiment. He was promoted to field grade as a major and became the executive commanding officer of the 2 battalion. During its liberation of Flossinber concentration camp and in the action(s) in Nazi Germany he remained in that position. For his combat service in world war two he was awarded the silver star, bronze star with v. device, purple heart with oak leaf cluster, combat infantryman’s badge. The ETO medal with one arrowhead and five stars for the campaign from Normandy to the Chek. Border. He was also awarded the Croix de Guerre with palm from the French company for action(s) in the liberation of France.

Major rose returned to his family in the USA and subsequently was assigned to the 24th infantry division in Japan. He also served as an officer in the 11th airborne division prior to joining the 7th infantry division.

In 1950 he was assigned to the 7th infantry division for the assault at Inchon in the Korean War. as a member of the 7th division he was at the Choisen Resevoir action and other actions for the duration. He returned to an assignment at the United States infantry school Fort Benning, Georgia and for further military education in the district of Washington. He was reassigned to general staff duty headquarters united states army Europe from 1956 until 1960 serving in various senior staff positions. in 1960 he was assigned as g4 third army. He retired as a colonel in 1960.

For combat service in Korea he was awarded an oak leaf cluster to the bronze star with v device, another oak leaf cluster to the Purple Heart and the army commendation medal with v device. He was awarded the second combat infantryman’s badge with star. He was a qualified glider officer and a graduate of the infantry school, air defense artillery school, command general staff College. He also was a graduate of the armed forces university. Colonel rose died of a heart attack at the age of 53 in Fayetteville, NC. he is buried at the VAcemetery in Fayetteville NC. There is a memorial to his service at the Rose Hundley Cemetery in Norlina, NC.