William Thomas Edwards III, 37

William Thomas Edwards III, 37


US Marine Staff Sergeant William Thomas “TJ” Edwards III, born November of 1977, of Baytown, Texas, beloved husband of Jené; beloved father of Aidan and Alexis.

TJ loved his family dearly, was an amazing father to his kids and was loved by all who met him.

TJ recently medically retired from the United States Marine Corps. He had loyally served his country since 2002, fought in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He was awarded the Purple Heart in 2006 after being severely wounded by an IED blast.

SSgt William Thomas Edwards III lost his battle with PTS, November 28, 2014. He was 37 years old.

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  1. William

    TJ lived for the Marine Corps. It was his true purpose in life and when it was taken away from him, he spiraled downward – unfortunately taking his own life. He did suffer from Survivors Guilt, but the one person who should really suffer now from this guilt is NOT. TJ was not even given the honor of having a Marine Burial Detail to lay him to rest! I was there and strangers were chosen to carry his coffin. No rifle salute, no flag folding, and no honor given to this warrior who fought bravely for his country beside he fellow Marines!

    There is not only one person responsible for his unfortunate death. I hope that one person will someday realize what was taken from TJ. We Band of Brothers miss him so much, and remain attached to his memory forever!

    Rest in peace Edwards, we’ve taken the watch in your honor!

  2. Chris

    Amen , William, TJ and I met while we were running the Marine Corp Marathon 9 months after he was critically injured. From the day we met we hit it off. The following News Years Day we spent together, he stayed at my house and met my family a true bond. Being a firefighter in Yonkers NY he came to my firehouse many times and we had a lot of laughs. He called me the night before he took his life and said bro I love you and I’ll see you on the other side……was this his way of telling me? I still haven’t told my daughter who is 15 now….I’m still taken aback…..deep down it hurts me and I never erased the voicemail he left……I could go on with many stories of his generosity and humility….let’s all say a prayer…..as I said to him during the MCM we’re gonna cross the line….stay safe and be well….Chris….

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