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EDDIE DEAN GANT


is honored on Panel 45E, Line 21 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering Eddie Dean Gant

    Posted on 3/27/17 - by Robyn Fuller Hantelman (niece of Eddie) robyn.fuller@icloud.com
    Eddie also had a number of half-siblings, one of whom is my father. My dad was born in 1938 in Memphis as well, and had joined the Air Force (as did my dad's full brother, Jerry, who is the oldest of my grandmother Margaret's children. My father is second-born.) My father has fairly advanced Alzheimer's but we were aware of "Uncle Eddie" at a young age and learned about honor and respect for our personal connection to the community of people who lost loved ones to the ultimate sacrifice.
    My life has brought me, my husband (USMC Reservist), and my son to Columbus, MS and we plan to visit Grenada soon to pay our respects.
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  • Loved to Hunt

    Posted on 5/31/16 - by Ron Gant
    Eddie Dean was my first cousin and he loved to hunt and did not mind taking me hunting. Although Dad gets credit for teaching me to hunt, Eddie Dean never seemed to mind to take his young cousin along. Thanks Eddie Dean!!

    You are still missed!
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  • Semper Fi Marine.

    Posted on 3/18/14 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/27/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear LCPL Eddie Dean Gant, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Remembering Our Own

    Posted on 11/19/13 - by Robert L Nelson
    Eddie Dean Gant
    On March 18, 1968, Eddie’s journey back to his southern
    roots became permanent.
    Eddie Dean Gant was born on the second day of the year
    1949, in Covington, Tennessee. His mother’s name was Margaret.
    Eddie, his brother Thomas and sister Gwendolin grew
    up in the greater Memphis area until 1959, when his parents
    relocated to Watsonville. Eddie attended local Pajaro Valley
    grammar schools and in the fall of 1963, enrolled in Watsonville
    High School. While in high school, he became an
    active member of the Future Farmers of America. In 1966
    Gant moved to Grenada, Mississippi, where his grandparents
    lived, and transferred into Grenada High School.
    Eddie Gant left high school in March 1967 to enlist in
    the US Marine Corps. His basic training took him to Paris
    Island, South Carolina, followed by additional instruction
    at Camp Pendleton, California, and Camp Jejune, North
    Carolina. In October 1967 he completed his marine rifleman
    training and was sent to Vietnam.
    Upon arrival in Vietnam Private First Class Gant was
    assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment
    of the 1st Marine Division, which was stationed near
    Da Nang.
    By fall of 1967, the 1st Marines were operating permanently
    in the northern sector of the I Corps tactical zone.
    The following winter the communists launched their all-out
    Tet New Year Offensive. Hue, the old imperial capital, was
    overrun by the enemy. Between 31 January and 2 March
    1968, and elements of the 1st Marines, along with other
    US Marine and South Vietnamese units, fought to regain
    control of the city. The battle was characterized by bitter
    street fighting and hand-to-hand combat.
    On March 18, 1968, Lance Corporal Eddie Dean Gant,
    fighting in the vicinity of Hue in Thua Thien Province, was
    killed in action. Eddie’s remains were returned to Grenada,
    Mississippi, and buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.
    Source
    Remembering our Own
    The Santa Cruz County Military Roll of Honor 1861-2010
    By Robert L Nelson
    The Museum of Art & History @ The McPherson Center
    2010
    Page 219
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