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Lieutenant Colonel Darwin G. Edwards, Usaf (Ret.)

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 was born and raised in Whigham, Georgia. He attended Whigham High School and served four 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 Museum of Aviation.

His combat service came in Vietnam with the 20th Special Operations Squadron and in Europe with the 7th SOS. During these tours, he was recognized as a 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 Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1989, Darwin became Curator of the Robins AFB 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curator, he was responsible for establishing, collecting and caring for the Museum’s collections of vintage aircraft, historical documents and memorabilia.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, Jeilyn Edwards. He is also survived by six sisters and three brothers.

Visitation will be at McCullough Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 25. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 26. Interment services will follow at 2:00 pm at Andersonville National Cemetery.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Museum of Aviation Foundation, PO Box 2469, Warner Robins, GA 31099.

Go to to sign Online Register Book. McCullough Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Funeral Home:
McCullough Funeral Home
417 S. Houston Lake Road
Warner Robins, GA
US 31088

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