About Me

I have been advised to create a blog post with a bit more information about me.  Well, here it is.

My full name is Edwin Saunders Jordan, and from my infancy I have been known as Sandy.  I was born in 1929, a month and a half before the great stock market crash and the beginning of the great depression.

My father, Robert Saunders Jordan, was born in Halifax County, Virginia, in 1873.  His own father was a Civil War veteran, having served in the Army of Northern Virginia from early 1861 through March 1865.  My father was a physician.  He married a young lady from Mississippi in 1902, and they had two sons and one daughter.  His wife died in 1926, and two years later he met and married my mother, a widow from Greensboro, North Carolina.

My mother, Annie Belle Rives, was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1891.  She married a young physician in 1912, and they made their home in Greensboro and had four children, two sons and two daughters.  Her husband died suddenly at a early age in 1924.  She met and married my father four years later.

I was the only child of this second union.

I grew-up in a small village near Greensboro and at Carolina Beach, near Wilmington, North Carolina.  I graduated from high school in Wilmington and the attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  I received a bachelor degree and a master’s degree in history in 1951 and 1952.  My hope was to teach at the college level, but circumstances intervened.

In December 1951 I married the lovely Ann Laura McGuire, and after finishing my academic studies the following summer I went into the United States Army.  Following basic training, I was stationed in Japan and Korea.  I arrived in Korea shortly before the end of hostilities there.

Returning home in late September 1954, I was employed in several jobs before going to work at the National Security Agency in 1957.   I retired in 1994.

Ann and I were blessed with five sons and sixty-three wonderful years as man and wife.  She walked into the loving arms of her savior on April 17, 2015.