Ranger Edwin Roth

Born: 26 October 1922, Ebnat, St Gallen, Switzerland
Died: 10 April 2011, Walnut Creek, Contra Costa, California, United States of America
Army Serial Number: 16084908
Ranger Battalion/Company: 1HQ
Rank: PVT

Ranger Edwin Roth 1HQ

Edwin Roth Resident of Walnut Creek Edwin (Ed) Roth passed away peacefully on April 10th 2011 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Reutlingen Switzerland on Oct. 26th 1922. Ed was the youngest of 13 children and is the sole survivor of his siblings. Ed is survived by his loving wife Ruth of 59 years and 3 children, Rudy with wife Virginia, daughter Teresa Albright with husband Craig, and Ed II with wife Dawn. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Ed immigrated to the United States in 1930. At the age of 15 he left home and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps during the height of the depression. In 1942 Ed joined the US Army where he was a member of the elite 1st battalion Ranger division. In 1943 during the battle of Anzio beachhead Ed became captured and became a German POW. After 18 months of captivity Ed escaped only to be wounded, recaptured weeks later and sent to Stalag 2b before being liberated by the allies. Ed proudly served in the US Army for 31 years, attaining the highest enlisted rank available of Command Sergeant Major. During his time of service in addition to WWII Ed served in the Korean and Vietnam wars and was highly decorated for his achievements. During his service in the Military Ed furthered his education at the Command and General Staff College. Upon retirement in 1973 Ed studied to get his Real Estate license as well as Store management from the University of Indiana. He spent most of his retired life helping the poor and homeless and serving his savior Jesus Christ. In addition to visiting the sick and elderly throughout his retirement, Ed offered volunteer tax assistance for 14 years and started his own widow and widowers ministry to reach out and help those in need around him. Ed delivered Meals on Wheels to the elderly for the last 27 years and was recently awarded the Contra Costa County Advisory Council volunteer award by the Board of Supervisors.