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Eddie D Tamez


Eddie was born on February 18, 1986 in Galveston Texas. While a student at Ball High School he set his sights on a career in the military and spent four years in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps preparing. He enlisted in the United States Army a month after graduating with honors from high school in 2004. He graduated from Army Basic Training with honors and went to his advanced individual training to become a chemical specialist as his Military Occupational Specialty.

His first duty assignment was to Germany. He and his wife Keyris enjoyed traveling across Europe and took advantage of this opportunity. Afterwards he returned to the United States and was reassigned to Delta Company where he would later deploy to Iraq in the early part of 2007.

Recently he reenlisted for four more years to continue his career in the Army. During his time in the Army he earned the Expert Marksman Badge and the Deutsch Expert Marksman Badge and accumulated numerous awards to include the Global War on Terrorism – Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, the Overseas Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Posthumously, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

Eddie was an amateur magician who dazzled family and friends with private magic shows. He was especially adroit with cards, handling them with blinding speed. He excelled at pool and impressed onlookers with his trick shots. He had a knack for dancing that led him to join a group that performed Spanish folk dances in high school. He played the drums and loved to travel.

While in Germany he was able to partake of one of his favorite pastimes, driving really fast which he did on the Autobahn.

Eddie gave his life April 27, 2007 in Iraq when an improvised explosive device exploded next to his Humvee. Although Eddie’s life was taken from him early it can surely be said it was a life well lived.

Eddie’s portrait is also located on Poster 6

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