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Darwin G. Edwards, Lt. Colonel USAF (Retired)July 20, 1936 – November 22, 2003
Lt. Col. Darwin G. Edwards, USAF (Ret.), 67, took his final flight on November 22, 2003 after a long illness.
Darwin Edwards was born and raised in Whigham, GA. He attended Whigham high school and served 4 years enlisted prior to being selected for the fourth class at the United States Air Force Academy. He later earned degrees from the University of Georgia and the University of Arkansas.
He was a highly-decorated combat veteran, with 33 years of exceptionally honorable military service and 14 years of distinguished service to the Robins AFB, GA, Museum of Aviation. His combat service came in Viet Nam with the 20th Special Operations Squadron. During these tours, he was recognized as an outstanding pilot and adept leader. He also served at Robins AFB as a tanker crewmember, at Homestead, Florida, where he commanded a search and rescue unit, and at Washington, D.C. with the elite 1st Helicopter Squadron.
Among his numerous awards and decorations were the Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Republic of Viet Nam Cross of Gallantry.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1989, Darwin became Curator of the Robins AFB, GA, Museum of Aviation. As curator, he was responsible for establishing, collecting, and caring for the Museum’s collections of vintage aircraft, historical documents, and memorabilia.
Colonel Edwards is survived by his wife, Sheila, their sons, Richard and Howard, Howard’s wife, Wendy, and granddaughter, Jenilyn Edwards. He is also survived by six sisters and three brothers.
Internment was at Andersonville, GA, National Cemetery.