In Memory

Edward Jenkins Wages - Class Of 1963

Edward Jenkins Wages
Class of 1963

April 1945 - April 2014

survived by his wife - Melody Wages



Ed Wages enjoyed his Myrtle Beach High School years.  His cousins, Pat and Betty Johnson, and his friends could tell you some stories about Ed that are legendary. 

He married a soul mate named Melody and they had a son named Scot Edward Wages.  He returned to Myrtle Beach after his military career and lived in the home where he grew up.  In his retirement he enjoyed planning and attending his Myrtle Beach High School Class Reunions, working on his vast collections in the “War Room”, his family and friends.  He collected everything including weapons of every description, tools, books, stamps, coins, antique fishing rods and Marine memorabilia. His home was party central and he and Melody hosted many former classmates often.

Major Wages served in the USMC both as enlisted and as an officer with specialties including Engineer, Shore Party and Civil Affairs.  Assignments included two tours in Vietnam and the evacuation of Vietnam.  His final tour was as Procurement Officer for Headquarters Marine Corps. 

He developed a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit for the Marine Corps that was later used in the Gulf Wars.

He received numerous awards and decorations for his military service including Bronze Star with V for Valor, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, Purple Heart (both enlisted and Officer), Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Civil Actions.

He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full Military Honors on November 4, 2014.






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01/26/20 07:59 AM #1    

Barbara Altman (Chandler) (1963)

 It is good to spend time with memories of Ed and our high school years and to know more about his rich, full life.  Our class reunions were great!  Thank you for this memorial for Ed...1864

07/25/21 11:11 AM #2    

Harold "Dwaine" Jackson. Jr. (1963)

I too was a two time Viet Nam veteran. Thanks for your sevice to your country Eddie. I servedd in the Navy on the Battleship USS New Jersey during the war.   I would have messaged this earlier, but I was not able to see this as a messaging opportunity. I hope your family acepts my late condolences for their loss.

Harold Dwaine Jackson, Jr.

MBHS Class of 1963

Clemson University Class of 1968


Lexington, SC 29072

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