Fallen Warrior: Maj. Edward McBride

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For our Fallen Warrior commemoration this week, we remember U.S. Air Force Maj. Edward McBride, 1131st Special Activities Squadron pilot.

McBride was a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi who served during the Vietnam War. He initially enlisted for a year before going through the aviation cadet program and then commissioned in 1956.

After graduating pilot training, McBride was stationed with the 38th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in Japan. In 1968 McBride was assigned to the 1131st Special Activities Squadron in Savannakhet, Laos.

During his time in the war, he worked with local friendly forces to help them become self-sufficient to face the increasing hostile pressures, and would make runs flying over local towns dropping candy to friendly forces and children.

On November 27, 1968, McBride was killed when his aircraft crashed after he was shot in the chest.

His many acts of courage and heroism during his service earned him many honors including the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and an Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

The McBride Commons at Keesler, formerly known as the McBride Library, is named in honor of his sacrifice.

Editor's note: The Fallen Warrior series highlights Fallen Warriors who exemplify our core values and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Take a moment to honor this week’s hero.