Edwards, Gerald, MSgt

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Current Service Status
USMC Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary MOS
1169-Utilities Chief
Current/Last MOSGroup
Utilities
Previously Held MOS
1100-Basic Utilities Marine
0300-Basic Infantryman
1141-Electrician
8421-Career Planner
8411-General Recruiter
0169-Admin Chief
Primary Unit
1985-1990, 1169, MarForRes/4th Marine Division
Service Years
1966 - 1991
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Master Sergeant

 
Four Hash Marks

 

 Official Badges 

USMC Retired Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

US Marines Corps Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Marine Recruiter


 Military Association Memberships
American LegionMarine Corps Recruiters AssociationMajor Stephen W. Pless; Detachment 1196Post 5448, Noah W. Barfield Post
-National Rifle Association (NRA)Georgia State CouncilChapter 1
  1996, American Legion [Verified]
  2009, Marine Corps Recruiters Association [Verified]
  2009, Marine Corps League, Major Stephen W. Pless; Detachment 1196 (Member) (Griffin, Georgia) [Verified]
  2009, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 5448, Noah W. Barfield Post (Member) (Griffin, Georgia) [Verified]
  2010, -National Rifle Association (NRA)
  2012, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Georgia State Council (Life member) (Buford, Georgia) [Verified]
  2012, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 1 (Member At Large) (Jonesboro, Georgia) [Verified]


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Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
Start Year
1968
End Year
1968

Description
This campaign was from 30 January to 1 April 1968. On 29 January 1968 the Allies began the Tet-lunar new year expecting the usual 36-hour peaceful holiday truce. Because of the threat of a large-scale attack and communist buildup around Khe Sanh, the cease fire order was issued in all areas over which the Allies were responsible with the exception of the I CTZ, south of the Demilitarized Zone.

Determined enemy assaults began in the northern and Central provinces before daylight on 30 January and in Saigon and the Mekong Delta regions that night. Some 84,000 VC and North Vietnamese attacked or fired upon 36 of 44 provincial capitals, 5 of 6 autonomous cities, 64 of 242 district capitals and 50 hamlets. In addition, the enemy raided a number of military installations including almost every airfield. The actual fighting lasted three days; however Saigon and Hue were under more intense and sustained attack.

The attack in Saigon began with a sapper assault against the U.S. Embassy. Other assaults were directed against the Presidential Palace, the compound of the Vietnamese Joint General Staff, and nearby Ton San Nhut air base.

At Hue, eight enemy battalions infiltrated the city and fought the three U.S. Marine Corps, three U.S. Army and eleven South Vietnamese battalions defending it. The fight to expel the enemy lasted a month. American and South Vietnamese units lost over 500 killed, while VC and North Vietnamese battle deaths may have been somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000.

Heavy fighting also occurred in two remote regions: around the Special Forces camp at Dak To in the central highlands and around the U.S. Marines Corps base at Khe Sanh. In both areas, the allies defeated attempts to dislodge them. Finally, with the arrival of more U.S. Army troops under the new XXIV Corps headquarters to reinforce the marines in the northern province, Khe Sanh was abandoned.

Tet proved a major military defeat for the communists. It had failed to spawn either an uprising or appreciable support among the South Vietnamese. On the other hand, the U.S. public became discouraged and support for the war was seriously eroded. U.S. strength in South Vietnam totaled more than 500,000 by early 1968. In addition, there were 61,000 other allied troops and 600,000 South Vietnamese.

The Tet Offensive also dealt a visibly severe setback to the pacification program, as a result of the intense fighting needed to root out VC elements that clung to fortified positions inside the towns. For example, in the densely populated delta there had been approximately 14,000 refugees in January; after Tet some 170,000 were homeless. The requirement to assist these persons seriously inhibited national recovery efforts.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1968
To Year
1968
 
Last Updated:
Aug 17, 2006
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

7th Marine Regiment

26th Marine Regiment

5th Marine Division

4th Marine Regiment

1st Marine Regiment

1st Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1)

1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)

MASS-3

VMA(AW)-242

2nd LAAM Bn

5th Marine Division

1st Combat Engineer Bn

HMM-262

VMA-121

3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)

MWSG-17

2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)

 
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  5329 Also There at This Battle:
  • Abdul-Haqq, Talib, Pvt, (1967-1970)
  • Abplanalp, Mark, Cpl, (1968-1970)
  • Adams, Billy W., LtCol, (1953-1979)
  • Adamson, Phillip, Sgt
  • Aldrich, Stanley, HM2, (1966-1970)
  • Alexander, Jim, Cpl, (1965-1969)
  • Alexander, Larry, Sgt, (1967-1971)
  • Alexandre, Rogers, LCpl, (1967-1973)
  • Allbritton, Steve, Cpl, (1965-1969)
  • Allgood, Frankie Eugene, LtCol, (1952-1968)
  • Anderson, David, Sgt, (1967-1969)
  • ANDERSON, EARNEST, SSgt, (1966-1990)
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