Monday, May 25, 2020
I attended my first funeral when I was 10 years old. I remember it like it was yesterday.
Edward Michael Maher, Jr. was born on April 4, 1947, in Bronx, NY, to Gladys and Edward M. Maher, Sr. He had five siblings including Carol, Ralph, Doreen, Patricia and Barbara. His family moved to Hillsdale, NJ. His home of record is Hillsdale. Edward graduated from Pascack Valley Regional High School in 1964. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus No. 326. Members of his family had been in military service in all American conflicts since the Civil War.
Maher served in the US Army and completed basic training at Fort Dix, NJ. He attended Officer's Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA. He was commissioned on June 9, 1967. He served with the 50th Infantry as a company commander at Fort Hood, TX, and was promoted to First Lieutenant (1LT) on May 25, 1968.
Maher had been in Vietnam for two months with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade and had chosen his own assignment with the division.
Maher was killed in action on August 2, 1968, while on an amphibious combat mission.