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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
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