|Birth: ||Nov. 5, 1976|
|Death: ||Apr. 17, 2004, Iraq|
A McKeesport native and father of two young children died in Iraq when a track broke from the 63-ton Abrams tank in which he was riding broke and the vehicle rolled off a bridge.
Army Staff Sgt. Ed Carman, 27, died Saturday, April 17, near Baghdad. He was in the 1st Cavalry Division, based out of Fort Hood, Texas.
SSG Carman enlisted in the Army after his graduation from McKeesport Area High School in 1995 and was serving his second tour of duty.
He had also served in South Korea, Germany and Bosnia.
He was a high school wrestler and a good student who hoped to settle in Texas, his favorite spot of all the places he'd seen during his tour of duty.
SSG Carman was the first Mon Valley-area soldier to die in Iraq. His mother, Joanna Hawthorne, said her son died doing what he loved.
A full military funeral service was in Willig Funeral Home Chapel in McKeesport. Sgt. Carman will be buried in the military section of McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery with his grandfather.
McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery
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Record added: May 24, 2004
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