Veteran Spotlight: Leroy Parsons Edmunds, Jr. of Joppa

Posted at 8:36 AM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2021-03-17 23:54:56-04

BALTIMORE — WMAR-2 News is committed to improving the lives of Veterans in Maryland by giving light to their stories, struggles and triumphs. Every week a local veteran will be featured in our Veteran Spotlight contest.

This week's honoree is Leroy Parsons Edmunds Jr. of Harford County. He is a Korean War Veteran who was injured when a shrapnel hit his leg. It took two days before he was flown to a hospital in Tokyo. After recovery, he signed a waiver to continue serving as a sergeant in the United States Army.

"Everything I went through was worth it to serve my country," Edmunds told WMAR-2 News.

Just a few years ago, Edmunds' cherished war medals were tragically lost when a fire broke out at his wood workshop. Senator Andy Harris stepped in and helped replace the medals. "I'm on the clouds right now because I never thought I'd get them back. I thought they were gone and I can't tell you how I feel," Edmunds said.

Edmunds now lives in Joppa with his beloved wife, Jean. "I have a wonderful wife of 64 years and the best family in the world of two girls, two boys, and lots of grandchildren and great grandchildren," Edmunds said.

WMAR-2 News proudly salutes you, Mr. Edmunds. We appreciate your service and dedication to our great country.

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