Resident honors father at Holocaust museum

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Enterprise Staff

Earlier this month, Livingston native Carter Boehm honored the memory of his father, Lt. Edward Boehm, and his heroic efforts during World War II at a donor unveiling at a Days of Remembrance ceremony at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to commemorate the Holocaust. 

Boehm unveiled an inscription on the Museum’s Donor wall that reads, “Boehm Family for Lt. Edward Boehm,” a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum press release said. 

Lt. Boehm was being honored for his work as a combat liaison propaganda officer during World War II. 

Carter Boehm also donated artifacts from his father to the museum.

“I’m very honored that my father is being recognized for his achievement,” Boehm said in the release. “It was a great evening for me and fulfills another promise I always made him.”

Lt. Edward Boehm was a student at Northern Montana College in Havre when the United States joined the Allies during World War II. He was part of the first group of men drafted from Blaine County and was sent to Camp Roberts, California, for basic training. Boehm was then assigned to Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After receiving his commission, he was shipped to the European Theater of Operations. He was eventually assigned to C Battery, 185th Field Artillery Battalion, 34th Infantry Division. 

Boehm traveled with his unit to North Africa, earning the Soldier’s Medal for his actions on Jan. 1, 1943, onboard the sinking ship The Empress of Australia. He participated in the North African campaigns until he was wounded by an artillery shell. Boehm was evacuated to a field hospital in Bizerte, then to a convalescent hospital outside of Oran. 

After recovering from his wounds, he was assigned to six weeks of temporary duty at General Eisenhower’s Headquarters in Algeria. While there, he was ordered to teach the German language, and was sent on a special mission to deliver maps to Colonel Darby of the U.S. Army Rangers. In Italy, he was alternately attached to the U.S. 5th Army and to the British 8th Army as combat liaison propaganda officer.

In addition to his assignment to spread U.S. propaganda leaflets to German soldiers, Boehm established temporary governments in liberated Italian towns, reopened the stores and entertainment venues, and spread pro-American propaganda to Italian civilians. 

Boehm collapsed when he heard that Japan had surrendered, was hospitalized and returned to the U.S. where he received an honorable discharge, the release said. 

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