Edward Carmack Swaggerty was born on February 26, 1906, in Knoxville and graduated from high school at Knoxville. He married Minnie Estelle Thomas on January 23, 1935, at Carthage, NC. Father of Juanita Carol Swaggerty, Mary Swaggerty Slowey, Margaret Swaggerty Phillips, and Thomas Edward Swaggerty.

He joined the U.S. Army on September 13, 1928, and served with the 543rd Boat and Shore Battalion, 3rd Special Brigade in the Pacific Theater of War. Edward fought at Zamboaga, Philippines, and was killed/reported missing in action there on March 15, 1945. He was awarded a Purple Heart and his name is on the memorial wall at Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines and at Arlington National Cemetery.

Dad was a outdoorsman and loved his family. I never got to meet my father nor he me. I was the last born of his and Minnie’s children and the only boy.
–Submitted by Thomas E. Swaggerty, his son

When Daddy left home for the last time he took a lock of hair from me and put it in his wallet. His wallet was found and the lock of hair was still in his wallet. Mother received his wallet and contents.
–Submitted by Margaret Swaggerty Phillips, his daughter

  • Rank: Technician 5th Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 26 February 1906
  • Date of death: 15 March 1945
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 543rd Engineer Shore Regiment
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Middle Panel
  • Sponsored by: Thomas Edward Swaggerty

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