PRIVATE EDWIN JAMES SWEET; U.S. ARMY

April 29, 1888 (Newburgh, NY) – June 17, 1961 (West Haven, CT); 73 years old
Married to Jennie Ridings (1891-1976) on March 11, 1911 in Newburgh, New York; divorced.
Married to Katherine Jane Lovett Sweet (1901-1979) on February 1, 1924 in Norwalk.
Three daughters, Edna (1923-1997), Phoebe (1926-2011), and Marion (1928-2008). Six sons, William (1930-2011), Alfred (1932-2001), James (1934-), Charles (1935-2007), Joseph (1939-2013) and John Sweet (1940-2016).
Last local address: Chestnut Hill Road, Norwalk
Enlisted on October 3, 1917; Discharged April 17, 1919
Service Number 1677274
Unit: 159th Infantry, Headquarters Company

Born to Thomas Sweet (1849-?) and Phoebe Moshier Sweet (1845-1918). Edwin was their only child.

Worked as a boat motor mechanic at Bridgeport Motor Company prior to the service.

Wounded in action October 4, 1918. Received the Purple Heart Medal in 1960.


From ancestry.com – Ashley Sweet
Photo contributed by Ashley Sweet, Edwin’s great-granddaughter

From ancestry.com: During his service in World War I Edwin was gassed. Later he was informed by an Army Doctor that due to the gas he would not be able to father any children. 11 children later his Wife, Katherine, was still shaking her fist at the Army doctor.


From unknown newspaper. Contributed by Ashley Sweet.

Edwin J. Sweet, 73, of 197 Connecticut Avenue, husband of Katherine Lovett Sweet, died Saturday at the Veterans Hospital, West Haven, following a long illness. Mr. Sweet was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. Until his retirement, he was a self-employed painter. During World War I, he served with the 159th Infantry, U.S. Army. Locally, he was a member of Barracks H-67. Besides his widow, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Frederick (Marion) Brown and Mrs. William (Phoebe) Dunlap, both of Norwalk and Mrs. Joseph (Edna) MacGregor of Wilton; six sons, John, Joseph, Charles, James, Alfred and William Sweet, all of Norwalk, and grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Ganung Funeral Home, 84 South Main Street, with Reverend Leland O. Hunt, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church officiating. Interment will take place in the American Legion plot in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the Funeral Home today from 3 to 5 and 7 to 10 P.M. Memorial services will be held this evening at 7:30 o’clock in the funeral home by World War I Barracks H.


Buried in Riverside Cemetery, 81 Riverside Avenue, Norwalk; Section 11, Plot 300. Photo from findagrave.com.

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Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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