Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Marine Corps 1
Gunnery Sergeant 2
28 Aug 1949 2
20 Nov 1978 2

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Full Name:
Edward Arle Willing 2
28 Aug 1949 2
Male 2
20 Nov 1978 2
Cause: Unknown, Not Reported 2
Age at Death: 29 2
Body Recovered: Not recovered 2
Casualty Date: 21 Jul 1968 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died While Missing 2
Hometown: Wilmington, DE 2
Marital Status: Single 2

Vietnam War 1

Marine Corps 1
Gunnery Sergeant 2
2nd Bn 2
D Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
E7 2
Major Command:
1st Mar Div 2
13th Marines 2
Marine Corps 2
Episcopal (Anglican) 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 29 2
Panel: 51W 2

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Sgt. Edward Willing I never knew him, but I thought of him every day in junior high school. His name is on the POW bracelet I wore back then and still have today.

Good to see Edward's bracelet here. I have researched him since 1999. Keeping the faith that his remains are found and ID'ed by JPAC and that he is finally laid to rest below his marker at Arlington.

Good God, his death date wasn't until 1978? What a tremendously painful experience for him and his family. I am so, so sorry this happened to you.

Today is your Birthday. You are not forgotten.

Thank you GySgt. for your service to this great nation and to our Corps...

 I pray that our heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. Yours very sincerely and respectfully, Abraham Lincoln." 

The Fallen Limb

A limb has fallen from the family tree.

I keep hearing a voice that says, "Grieve not for me.

Remember the best times, the laughter, the song. 

The good life I lived while I was strong.

Continue my heritage, I'm counting on you. 

Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. 

My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.

Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.

Continue traditions, no matter how small.

Go on with your life, don't worry about falls

I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.

Until the day comes we're together again.


Don't grieve for me for now I'm free, 

I'm following the path God laid for me. 

I took His hand when I heard Him call, 

I turned my back and left it all. 

I could not stay another day, 

To laugh, to love, to work or play. 

Tasks left undone must stay that way, 

I found that peace at the close of the day. 

If my parting has left a void, 

Then fill it with remembered joy. 

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, 

Ah yes, these things I too will miss. 

But be not burdened with times of sorrow, 

For I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. 

My life's been full. I've savored much, 

Good friends, good times and loved ones' 


Perhaps my time seemed all to

o brief 

Don't lengthen it now with undue grief. 

Lift up your hearts and share with me. 

God wanted me now. He set me free! 


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