Rash's Surname Index

Notes for Samuel Edward COLE

Sam was born at home, on 48 Choate Street, in Newark. He was a pretty big baby for that time also. Samuel Cole was a man who was well liked by everyone he ever met. He was known to always have a smile on his face no matter how bad his problems in life may be. He was named after Sam Franks (Catherine Bradley's husband) and Edward Cole(Tolbert Coles brother). He lived in Newark all his life and went to Newark High School when it was located on Academy Street.

Dad was very well known in Newark and a highly respected person. During his time in World War II, he was mostly in Germany, and Central Europe. He was involved in the invasion on Normandy Beach and in the liberation of a few concentration camps. During his time in the service, he was a mechanic. His rank was that of Staff Sergant serving with the 2nd Echel N, the 36th Armored Infantry Battalion, 3rd Armored division, Company C. He acquired the following medals while in the service: American Defense Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal as well as five battle stars for the battles he was in. He finally left Europe on September 30, 1945.

I do suspect that my dad was a little more than just a motor pool man. Due to some of his training, and a few of the things he would talk about, and others he would never talk about, I feel he must have been in some sort of elite group, like special forces. One reason for this suspicion is the in depth training he had in survival of situations and certain moves which he taught me that I have been told are not part of normal everyday training. The second reason is the lack of records the government would allow us to have or even have access to. The third and biggest reason was because dad was offered a huge amount of money and a major jump in rank if he would remain in the service after the war was over. Dad basicly told them to shove it, he was going home. Yet, there is no mention of any of this in his military records at all. This is also common when the US wants to bury information.

After he returned to the states, he went to work for Continental Diamond Fiber Company. There he met Eva Lee Dillon and married her in 1953. His mother died the morning of their wedding, but they married and spent the weekend at the home of Charles and Ethel Cole. Later the company name changed to the Budd Company. He was with them for almost thirty years. When the Budd Company left Newark Delaware, he went to work for Wilmington Specialty Fiber Company until his death. He was a very loving father and a good husband. He would do anything he could to help someone in need, and never had a bad word to say about anyone. While he worked at both of his jobs, he was an automatic screw machinist. He was admitted to the Memorial Hospital for colon cancer. After the surgery, it was discovered that he also had liver cancer. They tried chemotherapy which did not work at all. His funeral was at Robert T. Jones and Son's funeral home in Newark Delaware the day after Thanksgiving in 1978. They lived in his parents home on 48 Choate Street in Newark Delaware until his death in 1978. He is buried in the Newark Cemetery, at New Street in Newark, Delaware. He is never very far from home.

There are so many Stories and personal tidbits I could write about my dad that I could fill a whole book. The easiest way to sum it all up is simply to say, there was no other man ever who could have filled his shoes.

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