Veteran given medals earned for combat in World War II

NEIGHBORS

September 10, 2001|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EDWIN H. FOGLE of Ellicott City is finally getting the military medals he earned more than 55 years ago.

In a ceremony with Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett on Friday, Fogle, who served in the 28th Infantry Division during World War II, was awarded the medals he earned but never received: the Bronze Star, a good conduct medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge and an honorable service lapel button.

"I'm very happy that somebody thought enough of me to dig into it and get them for me," Fogle said Thursday. "I was just glad to get out of that place."

Fogle almost had his feet amputated after fighting in the cold and mud of front lines in Germany. When he took off his boots to dump out the mud and water that filled them, his feet swelled so much he couldn't get his boots back on.

Fogle was forced to crawl to a first aid station. From there, he was treated in hospitals in France, England and the United States.

To this day, Fogle's legs and feet bother him. "I can't get a doctor or anybody else to say that it came from frozen feet, but I know it did," he said.

After Fogle returned from the war, he got married and began work as a machinist for the Doughnut Corp. in Ellicott City. Time passed, and he never made the effort to get the medals.

Fogle will turn 83 in November. He and his wife, Osha, who has passed away, did not have children but they were close to their many nieces and nephews. One niece, Frankie Pardoe, was instrumental in making sure Fogle received the medals.

"In talking to him about his life and so forth, it came to my attention that he had never gotten his medals," she said. Pardoe, who lives in Lisbon with her husband, C. Thompson Pardoe, called Bartlett's office.

"I was frankly amazed at the response they gave us," she said. "They jumped right on it. ... They verified that he had these six medals and they were indeed to be awarded to him."

Requests to research old medals can take as long as a year, Frankie Pardoe said, but because Bartlett expedited the order, the research took only a few weeks. Frankie Pardoe praised the efforts of Deborah Hamrick, Barlett's caseworker for Howard and Carroll counties, who helped speed the research. Friends and family from as far as Florida and Virginia attended the ceremony.

Also at the ceremony was Dennis Shifflett of Woodbine, a Vietnam veteran, who received a Bronze Star.

A call for artists

Howard County Center for the Arts is looking for artists for its 2002-2003 gallery season. The winning artists will have their work displayed at the center on High Ridge Road in Ellicott City.

Generally, about 25 artists submit slides and proposals, said Christina Manucy, the center's program coordinator. Most are from individual artists, though some curators or groups also apply, she said.

The committee usually tries to find three to eight artists who can work together in a group show. Sometimes, though, an artist will be so outstanding that a solo show will be created, Manucy said. Artists need not be local residents. Preference is given to people who make a commitment to attending opening night ceremonies.

To apply, artists or curators should submit 10 to 20 slides, an artist's or curatorial statement, a resume and a prospectus, and a self-addressed envelope with the correct postage so the materials can be returned. The deadline is Oct. 15. Work previously shown in the Howard County Center for the Arts galleries will not be accepted.

To receive a prospectus, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City 21043. Information: Christina Manucy, 410-313-2787 or e-mail Christina@hocoarts.org; or visit the Howard County Arts Council's Web site at www.hocoarts.org.

Scout recruitment

Boys interested in joining Cub Scout Pack 432, based in Elkridge, should consider attending the recruitment evening from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Elkridge Elementary School.

The pack is recruiting boys in grades 1 through 5, said Caroline Altomare, a den leader. Those who are interested in joining but cannot attend the meeting may contact Altomare at 410-579-2377.

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