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Glen Edwards added to name of VFW Post 3010

Local hero died during test flight of YB-49
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BY STEVE ARCHER

OF THE LINCOLN NEWS MESSENGER

Lincoln’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3010 has modified its name and, in doing so, has recognized and paid homage to hometown hero Glen Edwards.

As of June 5, the organization is now called Glen Edwards VFW Post 3010. The date is the 70th anniversary of Edwards’ death over the skies of Southern California. He died during a test flight of the Northrup YB-49; the airplane broke up in the sky and there were no survivors of the five-man crew.

Glen Edwards VFW Post 3010 Commander Jerry Thomason said it was a fitting tribute to Edwards, who moved to Lincoln when he was 13. One of Lincoln’s two middle schools is named after the pilot as is Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California.

“When I first came to Lincoln in 2013, I was new to the post and was asked to help redesign the website,” Thomason said. “I’ve always been a history buff and I wanted to include the town’s history. That’s when I learned about Glen Edwards.”

“It was a neat day for a new chapter for our post,” Thomason added. “I don’t want to lose our history. It’s all about honoring our vets.””

Thomason proposed the name change at an April 25 meeting and the members approved. An application for the name change went to the state Veterans of Foreign Wars and then the national Veterans of Foreign Wars for approval.

“This has been a great year,” Thomason said. “This will be my legacy as commander. We are also the top VFW Post in the state and nation for membership. But this (name change) is the crown of it all.”

Thomason, an Air Force veteran, said Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3010 was at one time named after two Lincoln men, George Williams and Edward Bates Russell Sr. Their names were dropped from the post after a disagreement regarding keeping America out of World War II, according to the post’s website.

Jerry Brady, the California Veterans of Foreign War’s state adjutant, recommended approval of the name change to the national organization.

“To honor this particular veteran is fantastic,” Brady said. “I was glad to see it. It’s something good as far as honoring veterans. I was honored to sign the recommendation for approval.”

Glen Edwards Veterans of Foreign War Post 3010 has a bigger project in the works now: a veterans' memorial for McBean Park. Thomason’s ribbon-cutting goal is for the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day next year.