Remembering Willie Mack Edwards
This week we remember and honor the life and service of Willie Mack Edwards.
He grew up in Alabama, and got his draft notice to go serve in World War II in 1943. He served in the Navy.
In 1943 the military was segregated he told me about serving during that time.
"I got transferred from Jacksonville to Pensacola," Mr. Edwards said. "Went to the diner, and they put me on the last seat of the dinning car and put a black oil cloth between me and the rest of the people. That's where I had to eat."
Segregation in military ended in 1948.
Mr. Edwards came home after World War II, but was called back during the Korean War.
He came back to Chattanooga in 1952, and then was in the reserves for 27 years.
Willie Mack Edwards passed away on April 2nd. He was laid to rest yesterday at Chattanooga National Cemetery.
He was 95 years old.