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EDWARD LOUIS KOLKA


is honored on Panel 42E, Line 34 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • HONORING ALL

    Posted on 11/6/17 - by rick@easyretriever.com
    I am pleased and honored to be part of the calling of the names on the wall in DC for the 35th anniversary of the wall. Edwards name will be one on my list to call @ 2340hrs Nov. 8……. ALWAYS REMEMBERING
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  • Silver Star

    Posted on 3/2/17 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Edward Louis Kolka
    Date of birth: 28-Apr-47
    Date of death: March 2, 1968
    Home of record: Hancock Michigan
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Silver Star

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant Edward Louis Kolka (ASN: US-56455755), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry division, in action in the Republic of Vietnam on 2 March 1968. On this date, Sergeant Kolka was serving as a squad leader for the point element of a company size reconnaissance in force operation south of Lai Khe. While moving through a dense vegetation they discovered a large enemy base camp. Suddenly, they were subjected to intensive small arms and automatic weapons fire. Sergeant Kolka unhesitatingly deployed his men and began directing devastating fire on the insurgents. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he ignored the hostile fire as he moved from position to position directing his men's fire. While moving toward a friendly position he noticed a wounded soldier lying in an exposed position. He continued to ignore the enemy rounds as he ran to his wounded comrade and dragged him to a position of safety. Returning to his squad, Sergeant Kolka discovered the heaviest fire was coming from a nearby enemy bunker. He crawled to within 20 meters of the bunker, threw two grenades inside and silenced the position. While moving toward a second bunker he was mortally wounded by hostile fire. His dauntless courage as demonstrated by his selfless sacrifice inspired his comrades who went on to rout the enemy force. Sergeant Kolka's unquestionable valor in close combat against numerically superior hostile forces is in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

    General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 3317 (April 9, 1968)

    Action Date: 2-Mar-68

    Service: Army

    Rank: Sergeant

    Company: Company D

    Battalion: 1st Battalion

    Regiment: 26th Infantry Regiment

    Division: 1st Infantry Division
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  • To a newly found relative ?

    Posted on 1/13/15 - by Saale Kaing (Kolka) saale.kaing@gmail.com
    Remembering this young handsome man who may be my relative and who fighted against "the red power" that made also my family suffer in Soviet Union - dear Pat Kolka, could we come in contact to find out if we share some ancestor(s) ?
    Mrs Saale Kaing (born Kolka) from Tallinn, Estonia
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  • To my big brother

    Posted on 8/5/14 - by Pat Kolka
    I miss you every day my brother. I have tears in my eyes as I type this. The pain will never go away until we meet again in Heaven. I love you brother.

    Your little brother,
    Pat
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/11/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SGT Edward Louis Kolka, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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