Edward was born January 25, 1929, in Centralia, PA, and raised in Kingston, PA. |
He enlisted in the USMC in 1945 at age 16: Parris Island boot camp; NOB Norfolk, VA, Guard Co.; USS Nourmahal, serving in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Virgin Isle and Bermuda; 17th BD January 1945 San Juan; Marine Base Lakehurst, NJ, Guard Co., China L-3-4 6th Division, Tsingtao; HQ-2-5 Linsi and Peiping, flame thrower operator; 9th Marines, Guam, 1947; 1950 Camp Pendleton to join the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Division, Seoul, Inchon, Chosin; Combat wounded March 4, 1951, during Chosin Reservoir conflict in Korea; Camp Lejeune, F-2-8 machine guns; Mediterranean duty in 1953, Spain, Gibraltar, North Africa, Italy and Sicily; Cypress Marine Barracks Guard Co.; Camp Pendleton in 1955; Quantico, VA, E&I Co. basic school instructor, small arms; Japan, Iwakuni, Aysuri 0160 MAG-11; and Drill instructor at MCRD San Diego. Edward retired from the Marines in 1966, but remained a Marine for life.
Edward was a life member of: 1st Marine Division Association; Order of the Purple Heart; D.A.V.; American Legion; VFW; Veterans of Underage Military Service; the Chosin Few; China Marine Association; and National Association of Letter Carriers.
As a civilian, he was employed as a US Postal Service letter carrier, custodian for San Diego Unified School District, bus driver for North County Transit, and a special deputy marshal San Diego County.
Mr. Walsh passed away on April 9, 2013, in Escondido. He loved boxing, football and helping people.
He is survived by four sons, Edward, Timothy, Kevin and Daniel; four grandchildren, Alexis, Skylar, Finley and Shea; and several nieces and nephews.
Based on his final wishes, there will be no memorial service. His ashes will be scattered at sea.
The family suggests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project in his memory.
Published in the Ramona Sentinel on Apr. 25, 2013