VIETNAM - EATMON, EDDIE RAY

Eatmon, Eddie Ray

VIETNAM - EATMON, EDDIE RAY
EATMON, EDDIE RAY

Rank: Sergeant First Class

Unit: F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary (Korea) Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge

Unit awards: Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 23-Aug-1935

Hometown: Micro, North Carolina

Marital status: Married to Alma L. Eatmon

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 19-Sep-1958

Start of tour: 28-Aug-1969

Incident date: 27-Apr-1970

Date of casualty: 2-May-1970

Age at death: 34

Cause of Death:  Hostile, died of wounds. Died Of Wounds. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Eddie Ray Eatmon was a passenger on on Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle (ACAV) on reconnaissance mission.  Engaged hostile force in firefight.  Admitted to 24th Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh, 27 Apr 1970 at 1800 hrs, placed on Very Serious Injury (VSI) list 29 Apr 1970 at 0200 hrs and later expired.  Incident occurred 27 Apr 1970 at 1530 hrs.

Two Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SFC Eddie Ray Eatmon
SFC Theodore Irwin Roberts

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, XT 558 883

Place of interment: Rest Haven Cemetery, Smithfield, North Carolina, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 11W 084 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

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