Lt Cdr Heywood Lane Edwards

Lt Cdr Heywood Lane Edwards

Birth
San Saba, San Saba County, Texas, USA
Death 31 Oct 1941 (aged 35)
At Sea
Burial Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Memorial ID 56289444 · View Source
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Edwards was born in San Saba, Tex., 9 November 1905 and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1926.
He competed for the United States in freestyle wrestling in the 1928 Summer Olympics, earning 4th place in the light heavyweight division.

After serving in battleship Florida (BB-30), destroyer Reno (DD-303) and other ships, he underwent submarine instruction in 1931, served in several submarines, and was assigned to cruiser Detroit (CL-8) in 1935.Lieutenant Commander Edwards assumed command of Reuben James (DD-245) 6 April 1940.

His ship became the first in the U.S. Navy to be sunk in the Battle of the Atlantic when it was torpedoed by a German submarine while on convoy duty west of Iceland 30–31 October 1941.

Lt. Comdr. Edwards and 99 of his crew perished with the ship.

Bio information from Wikipedia and wife, Almeda Stewart Ellis family information.

Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery Burial Plot Missing in Action or Buried at Sea Memorial at Cambridge, England.


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Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery Burial Plot Missing in Action or Buried at Sea Memorial at Cambridge, England.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Texas. Lost at sea on DD 215 Ruben James after Germany U-Boat attack

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  • Maintained by: SHG
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56289444
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lt Cdr Heywood Lane Edwards (8 Nov 1905–31 Oct 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56289444, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by SHG (contributor 47536040) .