On November 9, 2019, US Army Staff Sergeant Edward C. Tierney, Jr. (retired), age 77, of East Providence passed away at home in the presence of his wife Carol (Heim) Tierney, son Robert and granddaughter Karolina. SSG Tierney was the son of the late Edward C. Tierney, Sr. and Ann (Kay) Tierney, of Pawtucket. He is also survived by his daughter Theresia Tierney Cote of Florida, 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Sandra Cordeiro and Linda Brierly, both of Rhode Island. He was pre-deceased by his son Edward C. Tierney III. Ed (Skip) attended Pawtucket public schools and Gordon College.
In 1965, SSG Tierney deployed to Vietnam with the first division-size unit sent to that country, the 1/26th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division. While on night patrol, SSG Tierney was severely injured by a human-detonated land mine, which removed his left eye, severely damaged the left side of his face, and left several pieces of shrapnel permanently imbedded throughout his body. After a year in a VA hospital, SSG Tierney “was permanently retired by reason of physical disability”.
In civilian life he worked for over 40 years as a landscaper.
SSG Tierney was known as a patriotic and a tough, U.S. Army non-commissioned officer, with a heart of gold. He was also known as a person who never complained about the injuries and hardships he incurred in his life. Beneath his tough exterior he was a gentle, generous and kind person. Dying on Veterans Day weekend 2019, he represented well that special group of American veterans, Disabled American Veterans, who suffer the consequences of war for lifetimes after they leave the battlefield. Burial will be private.