Edward C. Dahlgren

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Edward C. Dahlgren, 90
     BLAINE - Edward C. Dahlgren, 90, died May 31, 2006 at the Maine Veterans Home in Caribou. He was born March 14, 1916 in Perham, a son of Edward C. and Minnie (Anderson) Dahlgren. Ed grew up in Aroostook county and entered the service in WWII serving in the U.S. Army Company E 142d infantry 36th division. Mr. Dahlgren received many medals and citations for his heroism during his service in the European Theater. He received the Medal of Honor for his bold leadership and magnificent courage that were displayed in his heroic attacks by which he repulsed an enemy counterattack and saved an American platoon from great danger. During these attacks he captured over twenty German soldiers while killing and wounding several others. He did this while being under heavy fire from snipers and machine guns. Mr. Dahlgren was awarded many other medals and citations including the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal & Oak Leak Cluster Bronze Large, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal & Silver Star Attachment, World War II Victory Medal, French Legion of Honor, and French Croix de Guerre. After his discharge from the Army with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, he married Pauline Mahan on June 12, 1948.
     He also worked as a seed potato inspector for the State of Maine. Edward was also very active in veteran and community organizations; Congressional Medal of Honor Society, Disabled American Veterans, V.F.W. Post #482, American Legion William Cousins Post #118, Military Order of World Wars, Military Order of Purple Heart, National Order of Commissioned Officers, Knights of Columbus, original Board of Directors for S.A.D. #42, original Board of Directors for Mars Hill and Blaine Recreational Department, Blaine Town Council, St. Joseph Parish Council, a founding director of the Maine Veterans Home and Clinic. American Legion William Cousins Post #118, Military Order of World Wars, Military Order of Purple Heart, National Order of Commissioned Officers, Knights of Columbus, original Board of Directors for S.A.D. #42,
    
    Edward C. Dahlgren
     original Board of Directors for Mars Hill and Blaine Recreational Department, Blaine Town Council, St. Joseph Parish Council, a founding director of the Maine Veterans Home and Clinic.
     Edward was also a communicant at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, golfing, especially watching Tiger Woods play. He loved the Boston sports teams especially the Red Sox.
     He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pauline Dahlgren of Blaine; children, Dr. Brian E. Dahlgren of Strafford, N.H., Michael J. Dahlgren and his wife Micheline of Madawaska, Dr. Susan R. Daigneault and her husband Gregory of North Berwick, Judith A. Johnston and her husband Dale of Mars Hill; a stepson, Garold Chick Mahan of Van Buren; seven grandchildren, Matthew Edward Dahlgren Daigneault, Sarah Elizabeth Dahlgren, Erik Edward Dahlgren, Valerie J. Dahlgren, Thomas Malcolm Dahlgren, Heather Marie Johnston, Amanda Sue Johnston; two great-grandchildren, Andrew C. Dahlgren and Emma E. Hodsdon; a sister, Ruth Riley of South Portland; two brothers-in-law, Clarence Mahan and his wife Ann, and Louis Mahan and his wife Anne also of Mars Hill; and several nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by a very special cousin, Viola Harmon of Brewer.
     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by an infant son, Edward C. Dahlgren.
     Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 Sunday June 4, 2006 at the Duncan Funeral Home 8, Main St., Mars Hill. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11 A.M. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Presque Isle with the Rev. Raymond Morency celebrant. A military committal will take place at Pierce Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Mars Hill Snowmobile Club.
     In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in Edward's memory to the
    Northern Maine
    Veterans Cemetery
    Attn. Heather Curry
     37 Lombard Rd.
    Caribou, ME 04736
    Arrangements in care of Duncan Funeral Home.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 3, 2006
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