Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Marine Lance Cpl. Edward M. Garvin

Remember Our Heroes

Marine Lance Cpl. Edward M. Garvin, 19, of Malden, Mass.

Lance Cpl. Garvin was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed Oct. 4 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. Also killed was Cpl. Benjamin S. Rosales.

Widow says Marine didn't want her tears
By John R. Ellement, Globe Staff | October 7, 2006

MALDEN -- Before he went to Iraq, Marine Lance Corporal Edward M. Garvin, 19, told his family that if he did not return, they should laugh, not cry, in his memory.

``He didn't want people crying over him," his widow, Melissa Garvin, said yesterday at her family's home as she talked about ``the love of her life," who died in combat in Iraq. ``He wanted funny stories and everybody laughing. That's who he was."

Melissa Garvin, 20, who was married May 26 in a private ceremony, strained to hold back tears yesterday, trying to follow her husband's wishes that smiles mark his passing. He had been in Iraq for four weeks.

She recalled how she and her husband had a heated discussion when she learned he was going to war. But some of that tension abated when he explained that there were 150 Marines being deployed out of a pool of 200.

``He looked at me, and he told me that if he went over there, it kept one of those other guys here with their families," she said.

Garvin was a lanky man who loved being a Marine.

He studied culinary arts at the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School in Wakefield, where he was a member of the class of 2005.

School superintendent Patricia Cronin easily recalled Garvin, who was among 10 members of the class of 2005 who joined the military after graduation, because he was always smiling. ``He liked people, he liked the other kids in school, and he was very popular," she said.

Cronin said Garvin is the first student to make the ultimate sacrifice since the school opened in 1970.

Relatives said Garvin was drawn to a military life because an older cousin with whom he was close, Stephen Edwards, is also in the Marines. The 25-year-old Edwards is currently assigned to Iraq, relatives said.

``He was a good kid, a real good kid," said Allan Edwards, the father of Stephen and uncle of Garvin. Stephen Edwards ``didn't tell him to join the military. He did it on his own. He wanted to follow in Stephen's footsteps."

Garvin's mother, Catherine Edwards, of Malden, was too distraught to be interviewed yesterday.

In a statement, the Department of Defense said Garvin and Corporal Benjamin S. Rosales, 20, of Houston were killed Oct. 4 while conducting combat operations in Anbar Province, Iraq. The two men were assigned to the Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, headquartered at Camp Lejeune.

Sitting on the couch in her living room, Melissa Garvey and Garvin's younger brother and older sister traded tales about Garvin.

Melissa Garvin recalled how the couple spent an hour arguing about the time zone in New Hampshire; Garvin insisted there was a one-minute difference once you crossed the border, she said, chuckling.

Garvin, according to his younger brother, 16-year-old Lawrence Price, ``was mad confident about himself."

``He would know absolutely nothing about something -- and think he knew it all," Price said.

That attitude played itself out when the two were younger and had a battery-powered toy car. Garvin would demand to drive, but only in a circle because he did not know how to steer straight, said Melissa Garvin, who had known him since second grade.

The couple planned a public celebration of their private marriage for which Melissa Garvin had purchased a wedding gown. She said she will now sell the dress and send the proceeds to the Boy Scout camp in Barnstead, N.H., where he spent many summers.

Melissa Garvin would not discuss the political controversy about the war in Iraq.

``All the politics doesn't matter," she said. ``It's not going to bring him back. What matters now is his memory."

Marine Lance Cpl. Edward M. Garvin was killed in action on 10/04/06.


Sarah and Brent Garvin said...

My name is Sarah. I am the mother of Edward Garvin's only son, Brent. I was Eddy's high school love and we had our son in 2005. Our son is the most amazing little boy in the world and he is so much like his father. Breaks my heart every time he tells me his daddy is going to walk out of heaven and come see us.

We know Eddy is watching over us and keeping us safe. Life is so hard without him. Eddy-my love, we miss you more than words could ever describe. You are our family forever.

-Sarah and Brent Garvin

amanda said...

Sarah, Eddie is always going to be there for you and Brent, he lived his life to the fullest and he is always watching over everyone...I grew up with Eddie, and I will never forget him...He 100% without a doubt loved you more than anything..All you need to do is look at Brent ans you will see Eddie's smile, the glint in Brents eyes, and he without a doubt will be a spitting image of Eddie. We all loved Eddie and we still do. Eddie, your son is going to grow up to be just like you and out country will be honored to have him in memory of you!!!! LOVE YOU EDDIE!!! GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN..He did what most people could not do. He stepped up and decided to try and change the world that his family and friends are in..We will never forget that!!

Phelix Barnaby Williams said...

It's been 9 years since we lost you. Never stop thinking of you. We miss and love you. Your Auntie Phelix. RIP