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S/Sgt. Hawkins, Edwin R.

S/Sgt Edwin R. Hawkins 511 PIR 11th airborne

Battalion Operations Sergeant - Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 511th PIR

1919 - 1976 (Age 57) - Gravesite - from Hammond, Indiana

Citations: Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with service star, the American Defense Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three Battle Stars and one Arrowhead, Expert Marksmanship Badge with Bayonet and Pistol clasp, Marksmanship Badge with Rifle clasp

Edwin R. Hawkins Biography coming soon.

Jump Certificate 511th PIR Orin Haugen Camp Toccoa Fort Benning

Jump Qualification Certificate signed by Colonel Orin D. "Hard Rock" Haugen, CO, 511th PIR - June 26,1943

WWII Veteran Medals Edwin Hawkins

Collection of Service Medals for Staff Sergeant Edwin R. Hawkins, 511th PIR

Bronze Star Commendation WWII

Willbur Wilcox is standing in the center (Photo by Red Zadoorian via Jane Carrico)

SS Sea Pike Neptune Ceremony Crossing certificate

Crossing the Equator / Induction Certificate of Edwin R. Hawkins (SS Sea Pike, May 15, 1944)

SS Sea Pike rations card 511th Parachute Infantry

Rations Card believed to be Edwin R. Hawkins' from his Pacific crossing aboard the SS Sea Pike - May 1944

WWII Veterans thankyou certificate

SSgt. Edwin R. Hawkins' Service Commemoration Letter by President Gerald R. Ford - 1946

Dress Jacket WWII paratrooper 11th airborne

Class-A uniform belonging to SSgt. Edwin R. Hawkins, 511th PIR, 11th Airborne Division

Garrison Cap WWII paratrooper 11th airborne division

Garrison Cap, believed to be have been worn by SSgt. Edwin R. Hawkins, 511th Parachute Infantry

Bronze Star commendation newspaper article WWII Edwin Hawkins 511th parachute infantry

Local newspaper article covering SSgt. Edwin R. Hawkins' commendation for his first Bronze Star - 1945

Camp Mackall dedication WWII 11th Airborne Division

Newspaper article covering the 11th Airborne Division's participation in the dedication of Camp Mackall, North Carolina, on May 1, 1943

If you would  like to learn more about Edwin's exploits within and the history of the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II, please consider purchasing a copy of the book WHEN ANGEL'S FALL: FROM TOCCOA TO TOKYO, THE 511TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT IN WORLD WAR II, available in the regimental online store, on Amazon or wherever military history books are sold.