Edwin Arthur Wood (1921 - 1945)

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Edwin Arthur Wood
1921 - 1945
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c. 1921
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February 12, 1945
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Edwin Arthur Wood was born c. 1921. He died on February 12, 1945 at age 24.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Middlesbrough (acklam) Cemetery Sec. A. Grave 1701. in United Kingdom
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Service number: 109926
Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit/ship/squadron: 519 Sqdn.

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Edwin Arthur Wood died on February 12, 1945 at age 24. He was buried in Middlesbrough (acklam) Cemetery Sec. A. Grave 1701., United Kingdom. He was born c. 1921. We are unaware of information about Edwin's surviving family.

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In 1921, in the year that Edwin Arthur Wood was born, on November 11th, the first burial was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The body of an unknown soldier - selected by Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger who was highly decorated for valor and received the Distinguished Service Cross in "The Great War" - was brought back from France (World War 1) and placed in the newly completed tomb. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.

In 1930, he was merely 9 years old when as head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, William Hays established a code of decency that outlined what was acceptable in films. The public - and government - had felt that films in the '20's had become increasingly risque and that the behavior of its stars was becoming scandalous. Laws were being passed. In response, the heads of the movie studios adopted a voluntary "code", hoping to head off legislation. The first part of the code prohibited "lowering the moral standards of those who see it", called for depictions of the "correct standards of life", and forbade a picture from showing any sort of ridicule towards a law or "creating sympathy for its violation". The second part dealt with particular behavior in film such as homosexuality, the use of specific curse words, and miscegenation.

In 1934, Edwin was just 13 years old when on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

In 1945, in the year of Edwin Arthur Wood's passing, on June 22nd, the Battle of Okinawa ended. A joint Army and Marine campaign, supported by the Navy, the Battle of Okinawa went on for 82 days. The last Japanese resistance on Okinawa was defeated. 4,907 Navy, 4,675 Army, and 2,938 Marine Corps personnel were killed in the battle on the US side. It is estimated that 110,071 on the Japanese side were killed - the estimate includes Okinawan citizens who were pressed into service and includes children. With the win of Okinawa, the United States gained an important base of operations in the Pacific.

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