Edwards, Ted Willis, 2ndLt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0802-Field Artillery Officer
Last MOSGroup
Artillery
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 0802, C Btry, 1st Bn, 11th Marine Regiment (1/11)
Service Years
1966 - 1968
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Second Lieutenant

 
 

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1944
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Charlotte, NC
Last Address
Charlotte, NC

Casualty Date
Feb 02, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery - Charlotte, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
36E 069/Sec 15 Lot 249 Site 3

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, The Basic School (Quantico, VA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USMC (United States Marine Corps)3rd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (3/1)C Btry, 1st Bn, 11th Marine Regiment (1/11)
  1966-1966, 0801, Artillery Officer Orientation Course (AOOC) - Quantico, VA
  1966-1967, 0801, H&S Co, 3rd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (3/1)
  1967-1968, 0802, K Co, 3rd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (3/1)
  1967-1968, 0802, C Btry, 1st Bn, 11th Marine Regiment (1/11)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Fortress Ridge
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Badger Tooth
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Badger Catch
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Operation Saline
 Colleges Attended
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  1962-1966, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
LAM XUAN (3), ON CUA VIET RIVER 6 KM WEST OF MOUTH 19680202
UTM grid reference is YD285689
W/ K/3/1 Arty FO
 
   
Comments/Citation
Service number 0100215/2202533
Tour start date 07/27/1967

SILVER STAR CITATION

Ted Willis Edwards Date of death: February 2, 1968 Place of Birth: Virginia, Roanoke Home of record: Charlotte North Carolina Status: KIA AWARDS AND CITATIONS Silver Star Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Ted Willis Edwards (MCSN: 0-100215), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as an Artillery Forward Observer with Company K, Third Battalion, First Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam.  On 2 February 1968 during Operation SALILNE, Second Lieutenant Edwards' company had established a night defensive position east of the village of Lam Xuan in Quang Tri Province when it was attacked by a battalion-size North Vietnamese Army force. Reacting instantly, he called in pre-planned defensive artillery fire missions on the enemy, repeatedly disregarding his own safety as he moved to vantage points along the defensive perimeter. Observing and skillfully adjusting accurate fire from three separate artillery batteries, he successfully halted the enemy's advance along one sector of the defensive lines and blocked their retreat to the west. On several occasions throughout the night, he boldly adjusted artillery fire on North Vietnamese soldiers who had advanced to within a few meters of his unit's position, successfully preventing them from penetrating the perimeter. Shouting encouragement to his men, he steadfastly remained on the front lines, even after the arrival of reinforcements at dawn, and subsequently was mortally wounded by enemy rifle fire as he directed a fire mission. His heroic actions were instrumental in the defeat of the hostile force and enabled his company to kill 144 of the enemy. By his exceptional professionalism, bold initiative and loyal devotion to duty, Second Lieutenant Edwards upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. 

Action Date: February 2, 1968 Service: Marine Corps Rank: Second Lieutenant Company: Company K Battalion: 3d Battalion Regiment: 1st Marines, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade
   
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