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Edward N. Slater

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Edward N. Slater Obituary
Edward N. Slater "Fast Eddie", 84, of Independence, Mo., passed away at his home July 22, 2014, from natural causes.

He was born May 16, 1930, in Quincy, Ill., to parents John and Genevieve Slater. Ed was raised with 13 brothers and sisters. After going to school and working odd jobs to help support his family, he joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17. Ed was a rifleman in the 24th Infantry Division 1 Company 21st Regiment serving in Japan when the Korean War broke out. He was an ex-POW and one of the few survivors of the Sunchon Tunnel Massacre. He has been awarded numerous medals, including the Purple Heart with Cluster, POW Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, United Nations Medal, National Defense Medal, Occupation Germany, Korea, Japan Medal, Korean Campaign Medal. In 2004, he was invited by President Bush to return to Korea, where he received the Korean Presidential Medal and the Ambassador to Peace Medal. Later in life he chose to donate his time at the VA Hospital in Kansas City. For 22 years he volunteered to help veterans get the benefits they so rightfully deserve. During that time, he served as Missouri State Commander for the ex-POW. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Phyillis Slater.

He is survived by his two children, Terry Slater and Malinda Kelsey, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, his beloved dog, Sugar, and many good friends.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the New Salem Funeral Home, 1823 N. Blue Mills Road, Independence, 816-796-8600. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 28, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Swan Lake Cemetery, 30000 Valor Drive, Grain Valley, 816-463-4030.

Donations can be made to the VA Hospital Kansas City.

"Freedom is not Free"
Published in The Examiner on July 25, 2014
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