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702nd Tank Battalion “Red Devils”

Lose “B” Company Armorer

Edward J. Trunick


Warren, Ohio-Edward J. Trunick, 83, died at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 2002, at his residence, following a lengthy illness.  He was born March 4, 1919, in Farrell, Pa., the son of Charles Trunick and Mary Popadak-Trunick.


He was a lifetime Warren area resident and worked for many years at Van Huffel Tube Corp. as a shipping clerk, retiring in 1985.


A 1938 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, Edward was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Church in Warren.  He enjoyed traveling and watching his grandchildren.


A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Trunick served in the 3rd Army with General George S. Patton.  He was a member of the 702nd Tank Battalion “Red Devils” and received a Purple Heart Medal.


His Wife, Evelyn Rae Scott-Trunick, whom he married October 8, 1949, died March 4, 1998.  Survivors include a Son, Michael E.(Linda) Trunick of Warren; three daughters, Kathleen (Con) Celli of Sault St. Marie, Ontario, Canada, Charlotte Trunick of Warren and Michelle Trunick-Sebben of Dublin; a Brother, Charles Trunick of Warren; a Sister, Helen Gmucs of Cleveland; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Deceased are his parents and a Brother, John Trunick.


A funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Church in Warren and burial was at All Souls Cemetery in Bazetta.  Material contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, c/o St. Elizabeth Health Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, Oh. 44501.  Military services were conducted by VFW Post 3332, Newton Falls.


Ed will be missed by all his 702nd Tank Battalion brothers, but especially so by his friends’ Harry Cook and Fred Riley.  His buddy Jim Reif predeceased him a few years ago.  T/4 Ed Trunick was “B” Company’s Armorer and kept the company’s tanks in fighting condition.  Harry Cook was Communications Sergeant and Jim Reif was the Supply Sergeant.


“A “Red Devil” Never Dies, He Just Rolls On!”

We salute you Ed.  May you rest in peace.




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