Army Sgt. Edward Watson Forrest Jr., a former resident of Fenton, was one of five soldiers killed by a suicide bomber on Friday, April 10, in Iraq.
Over 60 people were injured in the attack, which happened near Iraqi police headquarters in the northern city of Mosul.
Sgt. Forrest, 25, was a 2003 graduate of Rockwood Summit High School. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colo.
Sgt. Forrest joined the Army on Jan. 21, 2004. He was deployed to Iraq from June 2004 to July 2005, and re-deployed there in September 2008.
In high school, Sgt. Forrest, known as “Eddie,” was a long-distance runner on the track team, and was also on the wrestling team.
“He was a very enthusiastic member of the track and field program here at Rockwood Summit,” said his former coach, Rolland Garrison. “He was a very good kid with a great smile.”
Sgt. Forrest lived near the base in Fort Carson on a horse ranch with his wife and two sons, ages two and one month. His mother, Tina Hessler, lives in High Ridge. His father, Edward Forrest Sr., lives in Overland.
On Sunday, April 12, Sgt. Forrest, and the remains of the other four soldiers killed in the attack, were returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
For his service to his country, Sgt. Forrest was awarded the following: Army Commendation Medal-2; Army Achievement Medal-2; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbo-2; and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags on all state government buildings in St. Louis County be flown at half-staff from Tuesday, April 14, through Monday, April 20, to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Sgt. Forrest.
In addition, Nixon has ordered that U.S. and Missouri flags on state government buildings in all 114 counties be flown at half-staff on Monday, April 20, the day memorial services for Sgt. Forrest will take place.