Edward Joseph Primet|
May 31, 1922 - May 3, 2014
Resident of San Carlos
Edward Joseph Primet, "Bud", passed away peacefully on Friday, May 2, 2014 at his home in San Carlos, California after a short illness. He was 91 years old.
Edward was born on May 31st, 1922 in San Francisco, California to Edward and Josephine Primet. Edward had one elder sister, Estelle, with whom he enjoyed a tender relationship until her death in 1998. Edward was raised in the Mission and Parkside districts, and graduated from Mission High School in 1940. He then attended City College in San Francisco where he attained an engineering degree, and qualified as a draftsman and surveyor in 1942. Following his graduation that year, Edward interviewed to become an Air Force pilot. He always had a keen interest in airplanes, and built many fine airplane models as a teenager. To his disappointment, Edward was not accepted into the Air Force because of high blood pressure. This temporary condition was primarily due to the excitement of the interview rather than a chronic health condition. Edward then set his sights on the U.S. Navy. To qualify for the U. S. Navy, Edward was required to pass a swimming exam, but he had never learned to swim. Undaunted, Edward arranged to have a friend surreptitiously take the swimming test for him, and Edward was able to begin service with the U.S. Navy in 1943. Edward served with distinction until January 1946 with the rank of Quartermaster 2nd Class upon discharge.
Edward's WWII service will always be best remembered by his participation in the D-Day Invasion of Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. After completing a Quartermaster training course in San Diego, Edward was assigned to the 7th Naval Beach Battalion. In March of 1944 he was shipped out to England where he trained in preparation for the invasion of Normandy. The goal of the 7th NBB was to establish a beachhead at Omaha, dig in, and become the communication link between the army forces inland and the offshore Navy ships. Fortunately, Edward wasn't assigned to the morning landings on June 6th or he probably would not have survived the day. Edward's battalion worked for three weeks in two-man foxholes at the base of the cliffs before being relieved of beach duties, and returning to the U.S.. Back in California after D-Day, Edward was assigned to teach amphibious invasion techniques. In 1945, Edward was assigned to an attack personnel amphibious ship for the invasion of Okinawa. Again, luck was with him, as he went below decks moments before Japanese kamikaze pilots strafed the ship's deck and signal bridge. Edward continued service with the Navy through 1945, and enjoyed the experience of a lifetime when he was given the opportunity of piloting his ship through locks of the Panama Canal. Edward Primet received several medals of recognition for his Naval service: the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. In 1994, Edward, accompanied by close friend Harold Wall, went to France to attend the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion. At the small town of Vierville Sur Mere, near Omaha beach, he and the other members of the 7th Beach Battalion were given a citation for exceptional services rendered in the liberation of France. Accompanying the citation was the War Cross with Palm. Also in 1994 Edward received the Presidential Unit Commendation Ribbon for his being a former member of an assault unit for his role in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944.
Following the war, Edward worked as carpenter, building several homes and schools over the next ten years. In San Francisco, 1949, Edward married Lorraine Richards, who was also a distinguished veteran of the war in the Pacific. Edward and Lorraine shared a playful and devoted marriage for over 50 years until Lorraine's death in 2003. After building his own home in Los Altos, Edward decided to continue his education at San Jose State University. There he attained accreditation as a teacher of industrial arts in 1954. Edward minored in art. After graduation, Edward taught Industrial Arts; first at Carlmont High School, and then Woodside High School until his retirement in 1982. It was at Woodside High School that Edward was to make some of his most lasting and treasured friendships. Edward then enjoyed a retirement full of activities like fishing, golf, tennis, backpacking and travel. He also cultivated many enduring friendships. He always will be remembered for his warmth, wit and humor. His fellow classmates in exercise will long remember his "jokes".
Edward is survived by his first cousin Lorita Bottini of Weaverville, California, and her children Kenneth and Susan. He is also survived by the children of his first cousin, Clifford, now deceased. Stephen, Edd, Janet and Nancy, their spouses and children will all miss their "Cousin Bud" dearly . Edward's passing is also mourned by in-law Tom Horkenson of Florida. His friends Harold and Florence Wall will miss Edward especially.
A special thank you is given from Edward's family to Rose Velez, and the caregivers that attended Edward's final months with untiring compassion.
Edwards family and friends will honor his memory at a private Celebration of Life event on June 28th, 2014.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 18, 2014