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Purple Heart Recipient Donates Oil Painting of WWII To Paramus

Sgt. Edwin Brodkin, a combat veteran of WWII donated an oil painting called The Infantryman to the Borough of Paramus at the Reorganization meeting. Veteran Affairs Officer Sam Casiello introduced Sgt. Brodkin to the assemblage and praised him for his dedication to service to the war and to Paramus. What is interesting to this reporter is that parts of our service dovetailed. We both enlisted in the ASTP (US Army Specialized Training Program) which originally stated that enlistees would go back to school. Brodkin went to the Infantry basic training at Ft. Benning, GA and I went to Ammunition Training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. We both shipped out to England for further assignment, wound up in different segments of Patton's 3rd Army.

Sgt. Brodkin was moved to the 3rd Army at the Battle of the Bulge where he saw combat action. I was moved out of my company to go forward to the Battle of the Bulge, but arrived after they had pulled from the nearest company ranks. I went into an antiaircraft company just behind the front lines where we saw some action.

Having received Senior Honors in Art in high school, he was accepted at Cooper Union in their Advancement of Science and Art class. It was from there that he enlisted in the ASTP. At the Battle of the Bulge (Bastogne), he was wounded, but continued to fight although bleeding profusely. It took a day for a rescue squad to transport him back to safety and later to a US Army Hospital in Great Britain. . This made him eligible for the Purple Heart. From there he was flown back to the states and was discharged in September 1945.

Pursuing his love of art, he went back to Cooper Union where received the training to become a commercial artist and a professional artist as well. His works have been exhibited in Spain, Germany, Korea and in art galleries in Philadelphia, DC and Manhattan.

Mayor LaBarbiera gratefully accepted the painting from this fine artist and arranged for an unveiling in the Borough Hall Lobby where it now resides.

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