(1920 - 1945)
Eddie Slovik, a private in the United
States Army, was the last U.S. solider to be executed for desertion.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme allied commander,
personally ordered the execution during the closing days of World
War II to deter other potential deserters. Slovik was court-martialed
for desertion under fire and sentenced to death by firing squad. His
execution was carried out in the closing months of World War II, on
January 31, 1945,
near the village of Ste-Marie aux Mines.
He was buried in the Oise-Aisne Cemetery, Fere-en-Tardenois , France,
in a secret cemetery with 94 American soldiers executed for the crimes
of rape and murder.
In 1987, 42 after Slovik's execution, his remains
were returned to Michigan and reburied next to his wife Antoinette.
The story of his execution was made into a motion
picture with actor Martin Sheen in the role of Private Slovik.