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Edgar Harrell was the last living U.S. Marine who was serving on the USS Indianapolis during World War II when it was torpedoed and sank.

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Published in The Courier of Montgomery County on May 11, 2021.
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June 10, 2021
I had the honor of meeting Sgt Harrell and all I can think is that he's finally at peace after all the horrors he endured. I'm a better person for having known him.
Lee Demars
Acquaintance
June 5, 2021
Thank you for your service, thank you for your sacrifices, thank you for your courage, your strength, and dedication.
Jordan
June 1, 2021
THANK YOU WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH, Thank God for you - God bless you - looking forward to meeting you in heaven. if God gives stars, a heaven full, is not enough. You are a beautiful man. Dear family - comfort to your soul, as we remember your blessed father.
From the safety of our home. Cox
Friend
June 1, 2021
THANK YOU SGT. HARRELL FOR YOUR SERVICE TO GOD & COUNTRY . YOU AND YOUR SHIPMATES ACTIONS WILL LIVE ON IN HISTORY FOREVER. " LORD FOR YOUR FAITHFULL LIFE IS NOT ENDED IN DEATH,BUT CHANGED" RIP HERO
john morrow
May 29, 2021
Sharon Ford
Other
May 29, 2021
Sharon Ford
Other
May 29, 2021
It was my honor to meet this great man. His demise is Heaven's gain and the world's loss.
Sharon Ford
Other
May 20, 2021
Rest well Edgar, thank you for your service.
Mike S
May 19, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
May 18, 2021
Thoughts and prayers to the family of Edgar Harrell in your time of sorrow.
May 17, 2021
My uncle died on the ship .Clifford Mann.I went to the Manila,Philippine cemetery which had his name on the wall.They didn’t have a cross for him because he was claimed missing.Manila cemetery is the most beautiful cemetery in the world.
Lawrence Thomas
Significant_other
May 17, 2021
May his love continues as a legacy. May God grant you peace and strength from above!

Janelle Eloisa Almendis Augustine
May 16, 2021
Rest in Heavenly Peace, Mr. Harrell. It has been my honor to share this planet with you and the veterans of your generation. Your examples have created the American that I am today, and I THANK YOU.
Rey Criollo
May 16, 2021
We have the watch from here, sir. Thank you for your service to this great nation.
Jacob
May 16, 2021
Many Condolences!
Lindsey
May 15, 2021
May 15, 2021
Fair winds and Following sea Sgt
Edgar it was an honor and a privilege to have known you.You will definitely be missed,Fair Winds and Following Seas Ed Walsh US Navy (Retired) Thank you for your Sacrifice and your Service God Bless
Edward J. Walsh III
Acquaintance
May 15, 2021
I had the extreme Honor to hear World War II Veteran and Survivor of the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis, Marine Sergeant Edgar Harrell in 2018 during Welcome Home Veterans Ceremonies at Old Glory Distillery help by AARP. His amazing story of the events that happened during the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis that was caused by being Torpedoed by a Japanese Submarine and was hit twice causing the ship to sink within 12 Minutes after being hit. His speaking about the events that happened after the almost 900 men that went into the Water and of the terrible losses of life to so so many was a Truly amazing Story and brought many tears to the eyes of many of the Veterans that were in Attendance that evening. I seen Mr. Edgar Harrell one day at the Waffle House Resturant on Madison Street one day recently and he was there with a very good friend of his and I had a Chance to shake his hand and tell him of how great that it was to be able to meet a Hero from World War 2 and of his Amazing story of Survival in Shark Invested Waters for almost 5 days before they were rescued. May you forever be Comforted by The Arms Of Jesus Christ.
Larry Morrison
Friend
May 15, 2021
May the God of comfort, comfort his friends and family during this most difficult time and bring them peace.
Lori H.
May 14, 2021
Thank you for your service and thank you for the many lives you touched. Hug your crew! God Speed SIR!
Dana Carter
May 14, 2021
My condolences.
May 14, 2021
Thank you for your service, Mr. Harrell. Thank you for sharing your experiences with the world. Stories needed to be told.
Our convalescences to the Harrell Family. God bless the Harrell. We never met the gentleman but we read about him periodically.
James & Dorothy Redhorse
May 14, 2021
Thank you for your service Mr. Harrell. The USA will be eternally grateful for you and your comrades. RIP with our Lord and your brothers. Sending prayers and sympathies to his family.
Cheryl L. Ramsey
May 13, 2021
Alishia
May 13, 2021
The Harrell family has my deepest condolences. What a legacy Edgar left behind! As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to receive the love and support that you need during this difficult time and always.
Jenee
May 13, 2021
Did not the gentlemen but he was a veteran that served his country in a time of need. Condolences to his family and one of many that served and was able to come home and tell his story for us to remember, as part of our history.
Thank you
Alva J Eschete (Mr)
USAF Veteran
Alva Eschete
May 13, 2021
God bless and keep you. Please know that the sacrifices you made will echo through many generations to come. We salute you Sir.
Lisa Holbrook
May 13, 2021
Semper Fi Brother, Lofton and Davis are on the Gates to Heaven so slide on in no problems Brother.
Bob Matthews. USMC
May 13, 2021
Kent & Carol Sivadge
May 13, 2021
Semper Fidelis! I never forgot the dedication, loyalty, and patriotism of the WWII military. Rest peace, Sir!
Dr. Jack Vancil, USMC
May 13, 2021
All is well safely rest ..God is nigh...you are Honored Sir rest easy .
Rose Baird
May 12, 2021
Linda Tracy
May 12, 2021
Rest easy Marine. Semper Fi
Rusty Tidwell
Served In Military Together
May 12, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
May 12, 2021
May your final voyage be on eternally calm seas. Thank you, sir.
Gail Smith
May 12, 2021
Thank you Sir for your service to our country.
Your with the Lord now
God Bless
May 12, 2021
I'm happy you had a long life and in so many ways you kept your crew mates near to your heart by always representing them in the highest honor. Rest well Edgar. Thank you .
Those who honor you.
May 12, 2021
Semper fi Marine; fair winds and following seas
John Thomas
May 12, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of a courageous survivor of the USS Indianapolis. May the God of tender mercies comfort you at this difficult time.
Mary
Neighbor
May 12, 2021
Thank you for your service. May you Rest in Peace.
Margaret Steinhauser
May 12, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this difficult time.
May 12, 2021
To the Harrell family and friends, so many appreciated the hard work and dedication of Edgar, truly sorry for your loss. May God be with you all as you endure this very difficult time of your loss.
May 12, 2021
Mr. Edgar Harrell my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Thank you for your service on the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis CA 35. I am glad they found the USS Indianapolis a few years ago so you could see that event. My dad (Enrico Trotta) who passed in 2017 at age 92 served on the USS Louisville CA 28 (near sister ship of Indy) from 1943-46 and witnessed (52) sailors and Rear Admiral Theodore Chandler buried at sea due to (3) kamikaze attacks in Pacific. You are part of the greatest generation. My dad & I met years ago a survivor in Center Line, MI who was on the USS Indianapolis too. It is great to talk to this veterans for only someone that was there could give accurate detail. God Bless you and your family!
Tony Trotta
Friend
May 12, 2021
May God bless you and your family. Thank you for your service to our country. True heroes like you are few and far between, especially in this day and age.
May 12, 2021
A SLOW SALUTE – TO A FELLOW MARINE
THANK YOU - FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. You are one of our heroes. We will remember you always and miss you dearly. Take your Warrior's rest for a duty well done.
I wish to extend to members of your family my deepest sympathy on their loss. May the force of GOD be with them as they walk through this difficult time. May the loving promises of our LORD and Savior comfort them and give them peace.
As a grateful Veteran, I leave my sympathy and hope you accept this as a small token of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service rendered by your loved one to our Country.
SEMPER FI U. S. MARINE AND VIETNAM VET FOX CO 2/1 podom21@comcast.net
PHIL ODOM
Friend
May 12, 2021
Prayers for the Harrell family, so very sorry for your loss. May God be with all of you in your time of sorrow.
May 12, 2021
thank you for the freedom we have today.
May 12, 2021
Rest in well deserved peace, brother. Once a Marine, always a Marine.
LtCol Joe Waldron USMC(ret)
Coworker
May 12, 2021
Thank you for your service. You are a true hero and I know your family is proud of you.
Michelle Sievers
May 12, 2021
God Bless you and your Family, and thank you for your service to our Country. Semper Fi Marine !!!
Michael Rodriguez
May 12, 2021
God Bless this man who survived an horrific ordeal and hopefully he lived a great life after serving our country. May he rest in peace under God's watch.
May 12, 2021
A REAL Hero. Sincere condolences to the Harrell family.
joe parker
May 12, 2021
thank you for your service,our freedom and for our countrys freedom,welcome home sir
donald r Warth
May 12, 2021
thank you for your service,our freedom and for our countrys freedom,welcome home sir
ray Warth
May 11, 2021
God BLESS you sir !! You ARE the Greatest generation and you represented bravery and courage, something we are sorely lacking in current times !
Wyn Emery
May 11, 2021
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! Men and women like you have help make this Country Great and helped to keep us safe.
May 11, 2021
RIP Mr Harrell. Although I never me you, I want to thank you for your service in the defense of America.
SHERI SCHONGOLD
May 11, 2021

Thank you, Sir. At this time in history our country needs more men like you and your generation. God bless you.
Robert Bosson
May 11, 2021
Hi my name is Donna Little I am
65 years old. I celebrated the end of WWII on Saturday and want to say Than You for your service . You may have left this earth for the Heavens but I hold a place in my Heart for you.I pray Blessings for your family.
Donna Little
May 11, 2021
Kent Sivadge
May 11, 2021
We will be forever grateful for your service, bravery, and heroism, Mr. Harrell. Rest in peace.
May 11, 2021
God Bless You, Edgar. Gordon Parker, Marine USS Wisconsin BB-64. Semper Fi
May 11, 2021
Thank you for your service. God bless you all
Steve Sickles
May 11, 2021
At ease men one of our men has fallen and shall not be returning home. Let’s give him the grand slam of sending him home to the glory heaven’s above. Even though he is no longer with us he is forever in every one’s heart, and his legacy for our country will forever live on.
Prayers for all those who where connect by him, personal & business military.
Ms Easterly
May 11, 2021
Semper FI . Thanks for everything Edgar . My late son Jesse was , and always will be , a Marine .
Greg Williams
Family
May 11, 2021
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one, may God give you strength and comfort during this difficult time. (Psalms 46 :1)
May 11, 2021
May 11, 2021
It was an honor to meet you after the commissioning of the USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) in 2019. You were a great example of our Gung Ho spirit and an inspiration to many. Semper Fidelis, Brother and may you forever Rest in Peace. ~EWP, MSgt USMC (Ret).
Wayne Powell
May 11, 2021
Saepe Expertus, Semper Fidelis, Fratres Aeterni.

Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever.

Thank you Edgar for your service to this nation. U.S. Marine Corps, WWII. Last Marine survivor of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis.
Harry Simpson
May 11, 2021
Mr. Harrell always found the time to chat, I'm going to miss this Marine. Semper Fi!
John H. Kelley III
Friend
May 11, 2021
Mr. Harrell always found time to chat, I'm going to miss this Marine. Semper Fi!
John H. Kelley III
Friend
May 11, 2021
Thank You, Veteran for your unprecedented service to our country in Her most urgent need. Our condolences to your family and friends as you go to your well-earned rest. May you rejoice in Heaven with all for whom you have long grieved, especially those lost on that day, Sir.
May 11, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
May 11, 2021
Thank you for your relatives heroic example and tenacity to survive a ordeal while protecting the Precious cargo to its base
Charles Grymko
May 11, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the family of Edgar Harrell. He was a Great American along with all the men of the USS INDIANAPOLIS. Never forgotten, Rest in Peace.
IRVING PRESSER
May 11, 2021
You have my deepest sympathy. If we only had more Men like him
Danny Holland
May 11, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Diana Patton
May 11, 2021
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN THIS TIME OF SORROW,
A GREAT AMERICAN WHO SERVED HIS COUNTRY WELL.
YOU AND ALL THE MEN WHO SERVED ON THE USS INDIANAPOLIS WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
REST IN PEACE.
IRVING PRESSER
May 11, 2021
My deep sympathy to the family of Edgar Harrell. Now he's with fellow Marines served on the USS Indianapolis. My thanks for his service to our country. May he rest in peace and may God give His peace and comfort to his family. TSgt Douglas Seipp, USAF Retired.
Douglas Seipp
May 11, 2021
Semper Fi
Scott Chamberland
May 11, 2021
Stand easy, Marine. Per Mare, Per Terram and Semper Fidelis.
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