Local Woman Searches For Son Of WWII Hero Irving Mandell

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WWII hero Irving Mandell
WWII hero Irving Mandell

Alice Silbergleit recently rediscovered letters from a soldier written during WWII and would like to reunite them with his family.

She is looking for Edward (Eddie) Mandell, who would be in his early 70s. He is the son of Irving Mandell and Betty Greenberg. Irving and Betty were married on Dec. 24, 1939. 

“They were very close friends of my aunt and uncle, Belle and Dave Bernstein. I have about 25 letters that Irving wrote to my aunt and uncle from his stations across Europe during WWII. He wrote detailed accounts of life as a soldier and his longing to see his toddler son from 1943-1945. My aunt and uncle even sent him a piece of my parents’ wedding cake that he ate in a foxhole!”

Sadly, Irving was killed in battle on Jan. 19, 1945. He received the Purple Heart and is buried in Epinal cemetery in France.

Silbergleit donated the original letters to the Jewish War Veterans’ archives, but they will release them to Eddie if he is found.

Anyone with information can contact her at (248) 644-1389 or at asilbergleit@gmail.com.  

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