Oct 102011

US Marine 2LT Ted Willis Edwards

Birth: Apr. 4, 1944 Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC

Death: Feb. 2, 1968 Quang Tri, Vietnam.

US Marine 2LT Ted Willis Edwards, Vietnam Veteran, native of Charlotte, NC and graduate of UNC, Class of 1966 was 23 years old and was not married. Ted died from small arms fire or grenade. His body was recovered.

A fraternity brother says “Tedwards” was a great guy; I found his mother, or she found me, after I had written a piece several years ago for a magazine in which I had stated that Ted and several other North Carolinians who had died in our military were the best gifts which we, as North Carolinians had ever received. He’d have been 60 now as I write this. He was the son of Minnie Belle Parker Edwards and Thomas Benton Edwards, of Charlotte, NC.

He served with Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, 3rd MAF. He was awarded The Combat Action Ribbon, The Silver Star for Gallantry in Action, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Burial: Sharon Memorial Park, Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co.

Plot: Sect.15, Lot #249, Space # 3

(Source: Posted with permission of Tom & Jim Reece, #46857744; finding NC Vietnam KIA/MIA’s gravesites; Reconfigured and submitted by: Ron Yates)

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