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Edward E. Poppy Helm III

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December 11, 2012
Semper Fi, combat Marine brother. You know the drill, guard the gates of Heaven well. Condolences to your family, you are added to our prayers.
Hayward Harrington
December 11, 2012
To Ed Helms family, So sad to here that Ed passed away. Ed and I both graduated from Easton High in Class of 66. Ed's mother was a very special person to all of us from Faith Lutheran
Church. All those who went to Vietnam from church she wrote to and called us her sons. Ed and I served also on the Youth Group at Faith Lutheran and Ed was the President and me the Vice President. When I came home from Vietnam in August of 68, I found out that Ed was wounded very badly over there. He suffered from not only the wounds but the effects of the War itself. He was a brother to me and I will miss him. I met Ed for the first time since Vietnam at the Kokomo Vietnam Veterans Reuion and we embraced like old times. We had a long talk and he told me that he was suffering from his wounds and PTSD. Ed was truly a hero to me for what he did.
I am sadden at the loss. Another Vietnam Veteran dies early at age 64.
To his family I say never forget his sacrifice for Country. We will all be with you brother (soon). God Bless
Bruce Wesley Class of 66 US Army
December 11, 2012
To Ed's family I extend my deepest sympathy. Ed was a close friend and I will miss him. In comfort, he is now with Mary.
Charlie Eichenberg
December 11, 2012
Uncle Butch was a living angel while he was here and will continue to be from above, we love you and will miss you much...RIP
December 11, 2012
Eddie and I spent my leave before Vietnam together. He was a great buddy. He got to Nam during my last months there. From one Marine to another, "Semper Fi". You will be fondly remembered! -Bob Sandt
December 11, 2012
I am sorry to learn of your loss I worked with Ed he was a good man, he loved his family very much. He will be missed by many, his family are in my prays and thoughts.
December 11, 2012
I recently receive this remembrance from one of Ed's Combat Marine Brothers and thought it belonged here. It shows a little of what kind of man he was..
Ed was one of the bravest Marines I served with in Viet Nam. He always volunteered to take the point on every patrol I accompanied him on. I was with him in December of 1966, the day he got his first of three Purple Hearts. He was on point, as was his normal position, and jumping across a creek bed he landed on a bed of 3 foot long punjii sticks. He somehow managed to miss all but one which caught him on the side of his neck. One inch to the left and it would have been Ed's last PH. The area near Hill 55 where we were serving was notorious for Viet Cong booby traps of all sorts. A month later I was seriously injured by an explosive booby trap that eventually caused me to be shipped to the Philadelphia Naval Hospital.
In Feb 1967 Ed was on a "country fair" operation and got a piece of metal shrapnel in the nose, just missing his eye. PH #2.
Near the end of Feb Ed was a member of a squad that went on a "search and destroy" mission. He and his fireteam buddies had two Viet Cong trapped in a tunnel. One VC came out of the tunnel complex behind him and opened fire on Ed hitting him in the chest and both arms. PH#3.
In March of 1967, Ed's mother came to visit me at the Naval Hospital and told me that Ed sends his greetings from his bed on the floor below me! We got to spend some time together as we recovered from our battle wounds and made plans for life after Viet Nam.
We lost contact with each other and it wasn't until 30 years later that I made contact with Ed through his website, Alpha Company, 1st Bn, 26th Marines at
www.marzone.com/marinehelm/EH126.htm
Ed was a good man, a good friend and will never be forgotten. He is now with his beloved wife Mary. Oh the joy!
"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers,
For he today that sheds his blood with me,
Shall be my brother."
Wm Shakespeare, Henry V
December 11, 2012
For All His Marines who wrote and emailed his sister, and ALL Marines, thanks so much . from his sister, Shayne
December 10, 2012
Ed was one of the bravest Marines I served with in Viet Nam. He always volunteered to take the point on every patrol I accompanied him on. I was with him in December of 1966, the day he got his first of three Purple Hearts. He was on point, as was his normal position, and jumping across a creek bed he landed on a bed of 3 foot long punjii sticks. He somehow managed to miss all but one which caught him on the side of his neck. One inch to the left and it would have been Ed's last PH. The area near Hill 55 where we were serving was notorious for Viet Cong booby traps of all sorts. A month later I was seriously injured by an explosive booby trap that eventually caused me to be shipped to the Philadelphia Naval Hospital.
In Feb 1967 Ed was on a "country fair" operation and got a piece of metal shrapnel in the nose, just missing his eye. PH #2.
Near the end of Feb Ed was a member of a squad that went on a "search and destroy" mission. He and his fireteam buddies had two Viet Cong trapped in a tunnel. One VC came out of the tunnel complex behind him and opened fire on Ed hitting him in the chest and both arms. PH#3.
In March of 1967, Ed's mother came to visit me at the Naval Hospital and told me that Ed sends his greetings from his bed on the floor below me! We got to spend some time together as we recovered from our battle wounds and made plans for life after Viet Nam.
We lost contact with each other and it wasn't until 30 years later that I made contact with Ed through his website, Alpha Company, 1st Bn, 26th Marines at
www.marzone.com/marinehelm/EH126.htm
Ed was a good man, a good friend and will never be forgotten. He is now with his beloved wife Mary. Oh the joy!
"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers,
For he today that sheds his blood with me,
Shall be my brother."
Wm Shakespeare, Henry V
December 10, 2012
Sending prayers and hugs to the family right now we had many good times at your house on 9th street growing up as kids. Your Dad always had us laughing and was always smiling. He is now with his wife in peace. God bless you all.!!

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