1945 : Michigan Soldier Executed for Desertion, First Since Civil War

January 31, 2023 all-day

Image result for Pvt. Eddie SlovikOn January 31, 1945, Pvt. Eddie Slovik of Hamtramck was executed for desertion in France during WWII. He was the first and only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the Civil War.

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Historical Society of Michigan

Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University

World War II: Eddie Slovik Court Martial and Execution Documents

The Execution of Private Slovik wikipedia entry

Chris Walch, “The Execution of Private Slovik, 40 Years Later“, Los Angeles Review of Books, April 14, 2014