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is honored on Panel 22W, Line 51 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 6/15/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Edward Charles Fanning, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Submitted by the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation

    Posted on 7/26/13 - by New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
    If you have any additional information about this hero or are a relative, please contact the Foundation at or 1-800-648-8387.
  • Put A Face With A Name

    Posted on 9/19/07
    Edward C. Fanning is remembered at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational Center. To learn more search on
  • We Remember

    Posted on 12/12/04 - by Robert Sage
    Edward is buried at Long Island Nat Cem.
  • Let Your Light Shine Before Men.-Mt 5:16

    Posted on 5/24/03 - by Joann Burke Szotak
    His name was Ed Fanning, but to us, his friends from the corner, he was called Gloat. I don't really remember why we called him that. It may have been the beard on his chin or his fuzzy hair. All I know is it stuck.

    He was tall and thin, and walked with a hop. If I close my eyes I can still see him walking down the street. You could tell it was him from blocks away.

    He was someone's son, someone's brother, someone's sweetheart. everyone's friend.

    He was kind and good and would have went on to be a wonderful husband and father. But, he never came back from that terrible place. So now in our minds and hearts he'll forever stay 19. We have grown older with each passing year. We bump into each other once in a while and notice how each has changed, but not Ed, he'll always be the same.

    Tall and thin, with curly hair, a silly smile and a bounce in his step.

    Thank you Ed for what you did.
    We miss you.

    -The Corner
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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