Edwin Cleland Speakman was born on September 3, 1918 to Walter Earl and Edith Viola Boatrite Speakman who lived in Paoli, Pennsylvania. Edwin had a brother and a sister. His father was a fireman for a steam locomotive company. Sometime in the 1920's, the family moved to Honey Brook.
Edwin entered service in the Army of February 4, 1942. He served with K CO, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. The following Chester County heroes also served in the same division with Edwin: Patsy DiDavid, Edward Hinkle, William Wood, Noel Campbell, Lloyd Buttray.
The 26th was ordered was expedited on June 21, 1942 to to Indiantown Gap Military Reservation for wartime overseas deployment final preparation. They departed from New York on August 1, 1942 and arrived in Beaminster, England about a week later. In October, they departed for the combat amphibious assault of North Africa.
The 26th fought in North Africa at the Kasserine Pass, in Sicily, on Omaha Beach in Normandy, and during the sweep across France into Germany.
Private First Class Edwin Cleland Speakman was killed in action on September 27, 1944 near Aachen, Germany. He is buried in the East Brandywine Baptist Church Cemetery in Guthriesville.
Edwin was survived by his wife, Mary, and daughter, Elsie Hannah.