Edwin R. Fogarty, 96, of Charlotte, N.C., died peacefully at The Levine Dickson Hospice House.
Ed was from Mt. Vernon. He graduated from the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He retired from GATX as a vice president and director of sales.
Captain Fogarty saw action during World War II in the southwest Pacific as part of the Red Raiders 22nd Bomb Squadron. The 22nd group was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for its performance in the New Guinea theater for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or after Dec. 7, 1941, displaying gallantry, determination and espirit de corps in accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions as to set it apart and above other units participating in the same campaign.
The degree of heroism required is the same as that which would warrant award of a distinguished service cross to an individual. They succeeded in halting the Japanese Juggernaut in the Southwest Pacific, but in so doing they were to pay a terrible price. Always remember , “For your tomorrow, so many WWII vets gave their today.”
Mr. Fogarty is survived by his wife Velma, a large and loving family of children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews and a host of friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, one brother and three sisters.
Services will be private.
Information was submitted by Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.