In Memory

Edward Allen Ketchum

Edward Allen Ketchum

Eddie joined teh Marines following high school graduation.  He was our first classmate to die.  Eddie had been assigned to Viet Nam shortly before his death. His final resting place is Glen Cemetary



 
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10/18/08 04:44 PM #1    

Fabian Johnston (Sutton)

Eddie, you were my buddy, my confidant, my brother of the heart and even my boyfriend for a little while...but, mostly you were just my very best friend for a lot of years. The memories are way too many to go into here but they are treasured. The world has been a little sadder place without you in it. Love you, Faye

06/08/09 09:40 PM #2    

Thomas Daniel Rapp

Eddie and I joined the Marine Corp on the buddy plan. He always wanted to be a Marine. I hadn't thought much about it and just went along. We went through boot camp and infantry training together after which we were seperated. I learned of Eddie's death from my parents. A few days later Eddie's mother sent me the letter she and her husband recieved from Eddie's commanding officer. In the letter he states that Eddied was a very fine Marine and was well liked and thought of by his fellow Marines.

The accident occured in Okinawa. Eddie and his squad were being transported in a cattle car. These are trucks designed to haul cattle that wooden benches are placed in. The road was through steep hills and had many curves. A car driven by locals came around a curve in front of the cattle car. The driver of the truck swerved to miss the car and went off the road and turned over. Eddie was the only one injured. He was thrown from the truck and the truck landed on him. The letter stated that he was killed instantly.

Eddie was a good friend and I miss him. Never a Memorial day or Marine Corp Birthday goes by that I don't think of him.

Semper Fi Eddie


10/24/09 04:54 PM #3    

Cathy Smith (Keller)

I was so sad to hear of your death, Eddie. You were my 1st boyfriend...Do you remember protecting me from all of those scary dogs on our way walking to Mrs. Smith's Kindergarten Class @ West Lawn? And those pennies we earned @ our "Neighborhood Carnivals" ? You were a very special person!

Love,
Cathy :)

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