Member of 218th dies in Afghanistan

Sergeant Edward Philpot
Sergeant Edward Philpot

LATTA, SC (WIS) - The first member of the 218th to die in Afghanistan leaves behind three children.

Sergeant Edward Philpot was with the 1st Battalion, 263rd Armor Regiment.

Philpot was from Latta. The 38-year-old's family has been notified.

Philpot died as a result of a vehicle roll-over during convoy operations, according to Major General Stanhope S. Spears, the Adjutant General for South Carolina.

WIS News 10 has been closely following the 218th. Craig Melvin traveled with them to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, as they trained before they deployed to Afghanistan. He returned to Mississippi a month later to see them off.

The 218th is in Afghanistan to help train the Afghan Army and police force.

Philpot's aunt Lois Hayes says her nephew left for Afghanistan in January and served as a military scout. She says he was highly regarded as a father and a good citizen of his local community.

Rich Kopituk remembers the regular patron of his coffee shop, "Being a hero is not what he was after. He was just - a guy, just a guy."

Hayes says Philpot will be buried in Kentucky. Philpot was born in Detroit, Michigan. From there, he moved to London, Kentucky, and then Manchester, Kentucky.

He lived with his wife in Manchester for awhile before moving to South Carolina. Philpot graduated from Coastal Carolina.

Sergeant Philpot leaves behind a wife and three young children.

Philpot's wife, Stephanie, is an English teacher at Latta High School. She tells WIS News 10 her husband was a history buff who loved  talking politics and lived for his kids.

A memorial fund has been set up for Philpot's daughters. Donations can be made to:

Dillon Church of God
P.O. Box 573
Dillon, SC 29536

The physical address is:
701 Highway 301 S, Dillon

Reported by Dan Tordjman

Posted by Chantelle Janelle

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