April 10, 1963
Electrician's Mate Second Class
UNITED STATES NAVY
Edgar Solon Bobbitt was born on December 3, 1939, in Jefferson, Texas. He attended elementary school in Jefferson and Bruni, Texas, and was graduated from Midland High School in June 1958.
Active in all outdoor sports, he excelled in baseball and received a scholarship to Texas Technological College at Lubbock, Texas, which he entered in 1958. Edgar enlisted into the naval service at Odessa, Texas, in March 1960. He completed his basic training at the U.S. Naval Training Center, San Diego, California, and attended the Navy's Electrician's Mate School. In late September, Edgar volunteered for submarine duty and was enrolled in the Submarine School at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut. His first assignment was in the submarine U.S.S. Sea Owl (SS 405), where he became qualified as a submariner and was awarded his silver dolphins. Edgar was selected for advance training in nuclear power and successfully completed the course of instruction at the submarine base and at Windsor Locks, Connecticut. He was assigned to his first nuclear-powered submarine, U.S.S. Thresher (SSN 593) on January 29, 1963. Edgar had been awarded the Navy's Good Conduct Medal.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James A. Bobbitt; a sister,
Martha Jane, and a brother, James Ellis, all of Midland, Texas.