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Veteran of the Month Edward L. Keith

By Richard W. Johnson

Edward L. Keith was born on February 13, 1926 in Florence, South Carolina. At the age of 11 he moved to Philadelphia and entered the Philadelphia school system at Vaux Jr. High School. He graduated and then went to Overbrook High School. Edward was then drafted in the U.S. Army. He served from 1950 to 1954 in the 519th U.S. Military Police Troop. He was promoted to corporal and served a tour of duty in Korea. After he was stationed stateside and honorably discharged from Fort Meade, Maryland.keith

Edward then got a job Rosenau Fox Co. as a laborer and stockman. Later he was employed and retired from Powers Regulator Co..

Edward and some close Frankford friends established the Lloyd C. Wilson Post American Legion Post 224 and served as Commander from 1986 to 1991. He continued as an active member.

keith2On June 12, 2011, Edward received a citation from Philadelphia City Council recognizing his leadership of Post 224 and their involvement with neighborhood organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, Frankford Chargers and the Frankford Drill Team as well as various church fund raising projects.