Edward W. Hinkle was born in 1922 to William and Stella Hinkle who lived in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He was the oldest of three children. Edward graduated from Phoenixville High School, in 1940.tudies.
The High School Yearbook writes of Edward:
“As you cannot do what you wish,
You should wish what you can do.”
“Ed” is one of those future menaces, a teacher.
Ed’s present occupation is selling newspapers.
Ed married Velma Lear and worked as a welder at Phoenixville Steel.
Ed entered service in the Army on July 11, 1945. After basic training at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, he was transferred to Fort Benning,Georgia. In July, he was sent overseas and joined Company L (Lima Company), of the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. His unit was part of the Occupation Forces in Germany.
In September, the Associated Press reported that Edward was found dead in the barracks from a self-inflicted rifle shot. His wife, Velma, had not yet received any direct notification about her husband and sent an urgent telegraph to Germany seeking information. She had just received a letter from Edward on the 16th, written in good spirits, in which he asked for current pictures of her and their two year old daughter.
Private First Class Edward W. Hinkle died on September 17, 1946, in Weilburg, Germany. A private service was held for Edward at the James F. Devlin Funeral home on November 9, 1946. Interment was at the Green Tree Cemetery in Oaks.