Local Soldier Remembered 7 Months Later

By: Derek Shore Email
By: Derek Shore Email

William Edwards wears a purple star pinned to his shirt.

"I wear it everyday to remember my son," Edwards said.

His son Billy, died in August fighting in the war in Iraq.

"He always had a smile on his face, that's one thing everyone always told us and everything we've gotten," Edwards said. "They remember his smile and he was a go lucky guy."

William will never forget the day Billy told him and his wife that he had enlisted in the Army.

"He was going to be a fireman," Edwards said. "He was supposedly was going to Brenham to sign up for fireman class. He came home and he'd gone to Houston he came home and said 'I've joined the Army'. I said 'Why did you join the Army?' He said, "thats where I want to go, thats where the action is."

But he will never forget another day either.

"I was over mowing the grass and I saw this car pull up and saw these two soldiers get out the car and I thought 'Oh no, it can't be. It can't be our son. We just talked to him,'" Edwards said.

William is moving on with his life. He volunteers regularly at St. Joseph Regional Health Center.

"It keeps me busy, besides I've got a big yard to take care of."

But every night when William goes home to Somerville, before he falls asleep, he talks to God.

"I tell him thank you for letting me have Billy for 23 years, 5 months, and a day," Edwards said. "Thank him for the time in life we did have him."

Billy Edwards was awarded the Purple Heart for his service and sacrifice.

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