Distinguished Alamo Silver Wings Life Member
Born in Mexico, both his parents died when Ed was a small boy, Ed was adopted by an American Family in Arizona, where he was raised until he was 16 years old and voluntarily joined the U.S. Army where he distinguished himself during the occupation of post WWII Germany. During the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War, CSM Fernandez was wounded twice in one day. After refusing to be evacuated the first time, CSM Fernandez went forward to resupply a military unit that was dangerously low on ammunition and supplies. During that operation CSM Fernandez was wounded a second time in which he was recovered and medically evacuated. It wasn't until 1952 when CSM Fernandez became an American Citizen and later served as a Battalion Command Sergeant Major in Vietnam for several tours. CSM Fernandez later endured over 70 medical surgeries to repair the wounds and injuries he suffered during his 29 Years of Distinguished Service. He was a life member of ASWAA, and many other military organizations. Some military awards are: Two Bronze Star Medal with V Device for Valor; Two Purple Heart; Two Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal w/2d Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Occupation Medal with German Clasp; WWII Victory Medal; National Defense Service Medal w/1st Oak Leaf Cluster; Korean Service Medal w/3 Bronze Service Stars; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Parachutist Badge; United Nations Service Medal; Expert Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar; Sharpshooter Qualification Badge with Carbine Bar; Italy Occupation Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, and GCM 7th Award.