Edward Carl Dahlgren was born in Perham, Maine on March 14, 1916. He was working as a farmhand when he was drafted into the United States Army just after his 27th birthday on March 23, 1943. Dahlgren was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division.
It’s rare, but there are some Medal of Honor recipients who, incredibly, lack a back story. Knowledge of their lives before their service to the United States of America has been lost. Today’s honoree from 1944 is one of those men.