Eddie A. Scott
Biography: Edward Arnold Scott, ‘Eddie’, was born in 1917 in Louisiana, the son of Neal Scott and Clara Sullivan. He had one brother and three sisters. Eddie’s mother, Clara, was an orphan and was raised by John Sullivan and Alma McGriore.
Neal passed away in 1926, and Clara remarried William L. Sherwood. As a result of this marriage, Eddie also had two step-brothers and two step-sisters. His enlistment record indicates he worked at farming.
Service Time: Eddie entered the Army on April 7, 1941, at the Jacksonville Army Airfield, Jacksonville, Florida. While we don’t know what he was doing during his 1st nine months in the military, on January 1, 1942, while he was on Special Duty (SD) with a Military Police Company, 7th Division, he was assigned to 3rd Platoon, Company B of the 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion. At that time, the unit was stationed in Sunnyvale, California.
He remained on SD but was promoted to Private First Class on the 11th, finally reporting for duty with the 607th on the 17th. While transferring from company to company for different training phases, promotion to Corporal came on May the 12th and Sergeant on October 5, 1942. The unit also trained at Camp San Luis Obispo, Camp Cooke and the Desert Training Center in California, along with Camp Hood in Texas.
They shipped out from the U.S., arriving at Liverpool, England, on April 21, 1944. Disembarking at Utah Beach, Normandy, France, June 17-23, with towed 3” anti-tank guns, they were soon supporting the advance on Cherbourg and fought along the Seves River in July. They participated in the drive to Le Mans and the envelopment of the Falaise Pocket in August.
Advancing to the Moselle River in September, they supported operations against Metz through November, converting to a self-propelled battalion equipped with M36 tank destroyers in time for the final assault. They joined the drive toward the Saar River, the capture of Saarlautern, and subsequent fight against the Siegfried Line in December. On January 18, 1945, in the vicinity of Tettingen, Germany, Eddie was wounded. At the time, Company B was attached to the 94th Infantry Division. Deployed to the Ardennes sector in January, 1945, they were committed against the Siegfried Line again in February in the Schnee Eifel.
On March 4, 1945, Eddie was commanding a tank destroyer assisting the infantry of the 346th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division, who were assaulting the village of Kerschenbach, Germany. The TD was hit by enemy artillery fire and burned. Eddie and one of his crew members, Corporal Edward L. Bane, were both killed during this action. He was credited with four of the unit’s campaigns; Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes-Alsace and Rhineland. He earned the American Defense, Good Conduct, EAME and American Theater medals and the Purple Heart medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
Eddie is buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial, Hombourg, Belgium, Block H, Row 2, Grave 8. We would like to thank Eddie’s niece, Kelle, for providing some of the information used in this tribute. Also thank you to Des Philippet for use of the grave marker photo.
Corporal Bane is buried in the same cemetery, Block H, Row 1, Grave 25. Thank you to both men for making the ultimate sacrifice for their country.