Edward John Rafferty

Staff Sergeant
Army of the United States
12 June 1946 - 13 October 1967
Havertown, PA
Panel 27E Line 103

Silver Star

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Edward John Rafferty

09 Dec 2003

Dear Eddie,

I'm writing this memorial to you even though we have never met. I don't want you to be forgotten. I married your nephew Frank Conroy Jr., your sister Eleanor's son, 27 years ago. Seventeen years after your death, we had a son Frank III. He was born on October 13, 1984, the Anniversary of your casualty. From the time our son was three, he's been wearing Army fatigues and playing Rambo. When he was seven, he saw a picture of you in his Aunt Karen's room, he told Karen and I you were his Guardian Angel. He said, "That's the angel that talks to me all of the time". Your Mom gave Karen that picture of you, kneeling in front of your barracks, because you were her Godfather.

This year, our son is attending Valley Forge Military College, he was selected for the Army ROTC Early Commissioning Program. On November 17, 2003, Frank signed his contract with the U.S. Army for 8 years. We are so proud of him. I know you would be too. Eddie, I'm counting on you to protect and guard our son no matter where he is. I don't know if there are any coincidences in this world but this one is frightening for me as a mother. I hope and pray that the war in Iraq will end soon. I pray for peace in this world but I know we need brave men, like you and my son, to protect us. Thank you for serving this great country of ours. You are sorely missed but not forgotten.

Your Loving Niece,

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 13 October 1967 Charlie Company, 1/16th Infantry, lost five men:
  • 2LT George W. Locke, New Cumberland, WV
  • SSG Edward J. Rafferty, Havertown, PA
  • SP6 Angel Irizarry-Hernandez, Hato Rey, PR
  • SGT Stanley J. Kerr, Everett, WA
  • SP4 Robert C. Wing, Washington Court House, OH

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a niece,
Jeannie Conroy
5223 Westbrook Drive, Clifton Heights, Pa 19018
11 Dec 2003

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 12/11/2003