On This Day January 15, 1945, We Honor a Fallen Hero
David Edward Chew was born 4-26-1924 in St. Charles MO. David worked for Culver Farm in St. Charles. His mother was Della “Dellie” Mary Forster of Cottleville. David registered for draft 6-30-1942 and later enlisted in the Army on 3-24-1944. His rank was Private. David served in the 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division.
The 30th Infantry Division went overseas arriving in England February of 1944. The continued their training in England for the upcoming invasion. The division landed on Omaha Beach June 11th, five days after the initial D Day Landings. They were in the campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe.
In mid-December the unit rushed south to the Malmedy-Stavelot area to help block the enemy drive during the Battle of the Bulge. On January 13, 1945 the Division launched a counterattack and would reach a point two miles South of St. Vith Belgium on January 26th. It is during this operation, Edward was killed in action. Edward died on 15-January 1945. The unit saw 282 days in combat after landing in France.
Edward’s body was returned to his hometown and he is buried in St Joseph Cemetery in Cottleville MO.
Edward is honored and remembered at the St. Charles County Veterans Museum on the Wall of Honor.
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