- 20 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 19, 1983
- Date of passing: Mar 9, 2004
|Let the memory of Edward be with us forever|
Army Spc. Brabazon was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Brabazon died of a non-hostile gunshot wound. Eddie had been placed with the Brabazon family at the age of 3 as a foster child and at the age of 12, the family adopted him. He overcame a lot – he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and attention-deficit disorder by the time he was 10, and spent his early teenage years in a psychiatric hospital and group homes for the emotionally disturbed. But he always wanted to join the Army and enlisted in June 2001 shortly after he graduated from the Bucks County Alternative School in Levittown. His parents watched with pride as Eddie was handed a uniform and an M-4 rifle and was accepted into an elite fraternity – the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. He had already served one tour in Iraq and returned in January to begin his second tour. Eddie's parents believe he was a victim of foul play while the military is calling his death a suicide. A June 30 letter from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command denied access to further records because an "investigation has recently been reopened in the field." Eddie's parents hope the truth will come out about their son's death and the Army's final report will clear his name.
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