January 31, 1945: WWII ‐ First soldier to be executed for desertion since the civil war Pvt. Eddie Slovik, 24, becomes the first U.S. soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion as he is shot by an American firing squad in France.
31 Jan 45: US Army Private Eddie Slovik is executed by firing squad for desertion, the only one since the American Civil War. Although over 21,000 American soldiers were given varying sentences for desertion during World War II, including 49 death sentences, Private Edward Donald Slovik's was the only death sentence carried out. #WWII #History