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Edward P. Feigenbaum, escaped from WWII prison

Aug. 1, 1922 – July 19, 2013

WILSON – Edward P. Feigenbaum, who escaped from a prison train during World War II and returned to active duty in the Army, died Friday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Buffalo, after a brief illness. He was 90.

Born in Niagara Falls, Mr. Feigenbaum was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School and was studying at Niagara University when he enlisted in the Army during World War II.

He served in the 3rd Ranger Battalion of the famed “Darby’s Rangers,” in the European/Mediterranean Theater. A corporal, Mr. Feigenbaum was in charge of a combat infantry squad that ventured into enemy territory on reconnaissance and combat patrols.

He served time as a POW before escaping from a prison train, then returning to active duty. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Unit Badge.

After the war, Mr. Feigenbaum returned to Niagara University and earned a bachelor’s degree. He worked for Moore Business Forms and in 1963 began a career at Airco Carbon, Niagara Falls, from which he retired as a supervisor in 1988.

Mr. Feigenbaum was past commander of the Western New York Chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War; a member of Downriver Post 7487, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Lewiston; and was active in Boy Scouting with Troop 67 in Wilson. In 2012, he was honored as a hometown hero by Wilson Lions Club. Mr. Feigenbaum was a member of St. Brendan on the Lake Catholic Church in Wilson.

A Wilson resident since 1972, Mr. Feigenbaum in 1963 married the former Leocadia A. Listek, who died in 2006.

Survivors include two sons, Michael and retired Army Lt. Col. Edward II; a daughter, Catherine Mahar; and a sister, Katherine Rotella.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Brendan on the Lake Catholic Church, 345 Lake St. Military honors will follow the Mass.

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