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22 September 1942 - The Times (Mincie IN) - "Expert Gunner" - Now wearing silver ginner's wings, Sgt. Edward J. Girman, 22, graduated this week fromthe Harlington USAAF gunnery school after qualifying as an expert gunner.

12 January 1943 - The Times (Muncie IN) - Staff Sergeant Edward Girman of 467th Bombardment Squadron, USAAF, Topeka, Kansas, is spending his furlough with his parents. Another son of the Girmans, Private Michael Girman, stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, spent Friday at his home.   

17 May 1943 - The Times (Munster IN) -  Mrs. George Girman and daughter Mary of Myrtle Ave., spent the weekend visiting Mrs. Girman's son, Cpl. Bernard Girman, stationed at Tomah, Wisconsin, in the advance radio technical school.

27 June 1943 - The TimesWhiting Sergeant Is Spearhead of Thailand Offensive Against Japs - In Burma and Thailand where Yankee bombers are beating back the Japs comes word from Major General Clayton L. Russell, 10th Air Force Commander, high praise of his heavy (B-24J) bomber group (7th Bombardment Group) of their glorious record against the Japs. Staff Sergeant Edward Girman of Whiting, a combar crewman, is one of those men responsible "for outstanding performance of duty in action during Jan. 14 to March 1 1942." The full bomber group participated daily in attacking the enemy. "Despite extremely adverse weather and dangerous field conditions, hampered by lack of adequate personnel to maintain aircraft continuous combat condition, many successful missions were performed by crews fatigued from daily flights against the enemy. The superior courage and devotion to duty shown by this bombardment group will always be worthy of emulation." The group was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

15 September 1943 - The Times (Munster IN) - Sgt. Edward Girman, Whiting, Wins DFC with Air Corps

Staff Sergeant Edward J. Girman, 1621 Atchison Ave., Whiting has been awarded by the 10th Air Force, it was announced. Sergeant Girman was among more that 100 officers and enlisted men in the USAAF so cited for "meritorious achievement during heavy bombardment missions over enemy objectives." All contributed to the success of the bombings.

16 September 1943 - Muncie Evening Press (Muncie, IN) - CITY FLIER RECEIVES AIR MEDAL - The 10th Air Force awarded an Air Medal to Staff Sergeant Edward J. Girman of Whiting.

18 November 1943 - The Indianapolis News - Staff Sergeant Edward J. Girman, Whiting, gunner, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

18 November 1943 - The Times (Muncie IN) - 2 Soldiers Wounded - Whiting Hero Wins Distinguished Flying Cross - The War Department announced the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Staff Sergeant Edward J. Girman, gunner, of 1621 Atchison St., Whiting.

31 December 1943 - The Indianapolis News - 15 More Hoosier Soldiers Reported Missing in Action - The war department made pblic Friday names of Indiana soldiers misssing in action, including Staff Sergeant Edward J. Girman, son of Mrs. Ann Girman, Whiting.

14 April 1944 - The Times (Muncie IN) - Mr. and Mrs. Michael Girman of 1621 Atchison Avenue received word from the war department that their son, Staff Sergeant Edward J. Girman, with 11 of his buddies, were lost in a plane crash in Burma four and one-half months ago and are still missing. As soon as they are certain whether he is dead or captured they will be notified. The Girmans have another son in the service, Private Michael Girman, who for one month was stationed at Fort Knox, KY, prior to that he was stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison for 14 months. Private Girman recently left for parts unknown.

17 May 1944 - The Times (Muncie IN) - Staff Sergeant Edward J. Girman, MIA, is awarded the Air Medal.