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Edwin W Roodhouse III

Edwin W Roodhouse III

Lemoore, California

December 5, 2004

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
36 Army Spc

1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division

Camp Greaves, Korea

Died in Habbaniyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV.

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December 18, 2004

San Jose soldier killed in Iraq

Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A 36-year-old soldier from San Jose died in Iraq last week when an explosive detonated near his vehicle.

Spc. Edwin Roodhouse was killed Dec. 5 in Habbaniyah, Iraq. Staff Sgt. Marvin Trost III, 28, of Goshen, Ind., also died in the explosion.

“Ed was a marvelous man,” Roodhouse’s father, Alan Roodhouse, and his stepmother, Donna, both of McMinnville, Ore., said in a statement.

“Ed was unique — he was a trained computer network engineer who worked for various companies. He also loved to write and tell stories, and he enjoyed literature.”

Roodhouse, who was unmarried and had no children, joined the Army in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Roodhouse was a native of Lemoore and also lived in Marin County for part of his life. He worked in the Bay Area for about 10 years as a computer networking engineer.

His family established a scholarship in Roodhouse’s name for seniors in English at Hillsdale (Mich.) College, from which his brother Ben graduated, and where his sister Kate is enrolled.

Roodhouse and Trost were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, based at Camp Greaves, South Korea.
From Los Angeles Times latimes.com 01/02/05:

Army Spc. Edwin Roodhouse, 36, Silicon Valley; Dies in Bomb Attack
January 02, 2005|Steve Chawkins | Times Staff Writer
At 33, Edwin Roodhouse shocked family and friends by joining the Army.

A computer network engineer, he had bounced from one Silicon Valley job to the next, following the cycles of boom and bust without ever settling down.

But after 10 years, he was ready for a new career. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks focused him on doing something for his country and, at his age, the Army was the only service that would accept him.

Roodhouse signed up in 2002. He died in Iraq on Dec. 5, when a homemade bomb blew up the Humvee carrying him and four others. A sergeant from Indiana was also killed and three soldiers were injured.

"He was very happy in the Army," said his stepmother, Donna Roodhouse of McMinnville, Ore. "He saw it as a real turning point in his life."

He had lived in a number of places in the Silicon Valley area, including Cupertino and Los Gatos. In 2002, he moved to Oregon.

Unmarried, Roodhouse had never found lasting satisfaction in the workaday world, his stepmother said. He had studied creative writing at San Francisco State but didn't pursue it professionally. Before enlisting, he had applied to film school but then decided it wasn't for him.

Roodhouse was known among his infantry pals as a kind of big brother, his stepmother said. He had been assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Greaves, Korea.

Joining the Army had deepened Roodhouse's Catholic faith, and he was generous with spiritual advice. He also entertained the troops on a guitar he had taught himself to play.

In the service, he continued to write. Every month or so, he sent his family installments of a serial narrative he called "The Great Adventure." The story spanned his 18 months in Korea and three months in Iraq.

In early December, his stepmother and her husband, Alan Roodhouse, drove to San Diego for a farewell to Edwin's brother, Alex, a sailor who was shipping out to the Middle East. The couple received word of Edwin's death when they returned home.

In addition to his father and stepmother, Roodhouse is survived by three brothers and a sister. His mother, Joy Desai, and stepfather, Dinesh Desai, live in Los Altos Hills.

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