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is honored on Panel 28W, Line 25 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 7/8/18 - by Lucy Micik
    Dear Sgt Raymond Eade,
    Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. We remember all you who gave their all. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • Final Mission of SGT Raymond F. Eade

    Posted on 3/4/18 - by
    On March 24, 1969, a resupply convoy from LZ Mary Lou, north of Pleiku, RVN, protected by armored personnel carriers (APC’s) from Headquarters & Headquarters Company (HHC), 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, was headed to LZ Bass carrying needed supplies. After turning off Highway 14 onto the dirt Highway 511, they passed through a small village where friendly locals warned of North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong soldiers in the next hamlet. The convoy requested assistance from members of its same mechanized unit who were working their way towards the convoy on a mine sweep from the opposite direction. The M113A1 tracks from the mine sweeping operation came in from the west and met up with the convoy in the small hamlet. Its lead track was commanded by SGT Raymond F. Eade, and driven by SP4 David L. Deckard. With them were two combat engineers, PFC Benjamin R. Turiano and SGT Minor W. Pattillo, who had been conducting the demining. While approaching the hamlet on an access road off Highway 511, SGT Eade’s track was hit by a B-40 rocket fired by a Viet Cong hidden under a hooch behind a stack of firewood. The projectile penetrated the armor of the track and exploded, destroying the APC. Eade was killed instantly in the blast. Deckard was critically wounded, with shrapnel wounds to his neck, shoulders, and upper body, including his spine and lungs, paralyzing him from the neck down. His head was protected from injury by his driver’s helmet. The two engineers, Turiano and Pattillo, were in the open back hatch of the track and were cut down by small arms fire after the track was hit. A battle erupted between the Americans and enemy combatants. When the engagement ended, 22 enemy were dead, including the VC who fired the deadly round at Eade’s track. Deckard was dusted off (medically evacuated by helicopter) to the 71st Evacuation Hospital in Pleiku. Eade, Turiano, and Pattillo were placed on a separate helicopter and taken to the Graves Registration Unit at Camp Enari. The wrecked track was picked up and brought back to LZ Mary Lou before nightfall. Turiano was posthumously promoted to corporal. Deckard survived his injuries and was returned to the United States where he spent the rest of his life as a quadriplegic. He died of respiratory failure in 2006 in Louisville, KY. His family petitioned the Department of Defense to have his name placed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. In May 2012, Deckard’s name was added the Wall. [Taken from and information provided by Alfred T. Hogue (February 2018)]
  • Cousin

    Posted on 2/4/18 - by Karen Bengard
    Cousin, I wish I could have met you. My sisters (Gail and Lynn Bengard) always stop at your memorial at Clear Creek and pay our respects. This year I planted some California poppies and some bulbs at your memorial. The flag flies proudly there.

    Karen Bengard
    Commander, Navy Civil Engineer Corp, retired
    SP4 US Army, 241st Military Police Corp
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/25/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT Raymond Fredrick Eade, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • We Remember

    Posted on 11/8/10 - by Robert Sage
    Ray is buried at King City Cemetery, King City, Monterey, Co, CA. BSM PH
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