VIETNAM - EDWARDS, THOMAS RAY

Edwards, Thomas Ray

VIETNAM - EDWARDS, THOMAS RAY
EDWARDS, THOMAS RAY

Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: Headquarters & Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 91B – Medical Specialist

Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

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

Note: Medic attached to A Troop, 1/11 ACR

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 20-Aug-1944

Hometown: Middletown, Ohio

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 25-Apr-1967

Start of tour: 17-Dec-1967

Incident date: 20-Jun-1968

Date of casualty: 20-Jun-1968

Age at death: 23

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Thomas Ray Edwards died from wounds received while passenger on military vehicle at command post when engaged hostile force.

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Woodside Cemetery, Middletown, Ohio, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 55W 004 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

SILVER STAR

SILVER STAR
POSTHUMOUS

SPECIALIST FOUR THOMAS RAY EDWARDS
6 JUNE 1968
HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS TROOP, 1st SQUADRON
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Specialist Four Edwards distinguished himself for gallantry in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force on 6 June 1968, while serving as Medical Aidman with Troop A, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date, Specialist Edwards’ unit was participating in a reconnaissance in force mission when his platoon was suddenly attacked by a heavy concentration of enemy small arms, automatic weapons and anti-tank rocket fire. Observing the lead vehicle receive a direct hit from an enemy rocket, Specialist Edwards, totally disregarding his personal safety, crawled through the intense fire raking the battlefield to aid the wounded members of the crew. After administering first aid to the injured soldiers, Specialist Edwards sprinted 100 meters through the intense hostile fire to administer first aid and to carry him to a medical evacuation point. Specialist Edwards’ unwavering devotion to duty, deep concern for the welfare of his comrades and heroic actions while under hostile fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam, General Orders No. 896 (August 9, 1968)

 

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