To my best friend, who will always live in my heart!
I have so many good memories of you and me living in the same house on Arlington Ave, going to Barringer, hanging on the corner, your mom (I loved her!), your Dad, your brothers Louis and Antonio, and of you being such a nice, quiet, and good person!
Do you remember Ray Martino, Ray D'mato, Jack Schrade and me promising that we would join the Marines after we graduated? Well, you and Ray Martino fulfilled your promise. I graduated a half year later and ended up going into the Navy. Jack went into the National Guard.
When I was stationed in Japan, I got a letter from my Mom, who really loved you, telling me what happened to you on that hill!
The first thing I did when I got back to Newark, Dec. 23rd,1967, is I took a taxi from the airport to the corner, knelt down and kissed the concrete and then went to your house to say how sorry I was. It was very emotional....you were killed just that Spring. and it was two days before Christmas. I spent the night talking to your parents and family. It was very sad for all of us.
Thank you, Eddie, for what you gave all of us!
And Glenn Brewster, my friend from early childhood, thank you!
Also, thank you Ray Martino, I know only know a little of what you lived with, but I know what I know, you were living in Hell! Thank you for being my friend, I'm so happy you hav a loving family.
and my brother, Bobbie, who also suffured for many years of Agent Orange poisoning and the mental BS of Viet Nam.
May all you Warriers be Blessed!
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To Put A Face With A Name
Dear Edwin, to honor your memory and the sacrifice you made for our country I want to make sure your photo will be displayed on your birthday each and every year when the Education Center is completed, so it is with great pride and humility that I post this remembrance and picture of you. You are not forgotten and remain in the hearts of many all these years later. You have been designated to be one of God's special angels, along with the love of my life, who also sacrificed his life during this war 45 years ago. God Bless You, Edwin, for being who you were and for all you did--we live in freedom to this day thanks to heroes like you.
Can't Get You Out Of My Mind
I really MISS HIM.---- GOD Blesses the good.
"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."
Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.
We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:
Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.
From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers