Eddie Slovik

United States Army Soldier
Born Feb 18, 1920

Edward Donald Slovik was a private in the United States Army during World War II and the only American soldier to be court-martialled and executed for desertion since the American Civil War. Although over 21,000 American soldiers were given varying sentences for desertion during World War II, including 49 death sentences, Slovik's was the only death sentence carried out.… Read More

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1920 Birth Born on February 18, 1920.


1932 12 Years Old Between 1932 and 1937, he was caught for several incidents of petty theft, breaking and entering, and disturbing the peace.
1937 17 Years Old In October 1937, he was sent to prison but was paroled in September 1938.
1939 19 Years Old After stealing and crashing a car with two friends while drunk, he was sent back to prison in January 1939.


1942 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Colonel Robert C. Bard of the judge advocate general's office noted that of the 2,864 army personnel tried for desertion for the period January 1942 through June 1948, 49 were convicted and sentenced to death, and 48 of those sentences were voided by higher authority. … Read More
Slovik arrived at Camp Wolters in Texas for basic military training on January 24, 1944. … Read More
1945 25 Years Old 1 More Event
The military service record of Slovik, which is now a public archival record available from the Military Personnel Records Center, provides a detailed account of the actual execution of Slovik which took place in 1945 and it was upon this that most of the film was based. … Read More
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