JAMES E EDGEMON
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HONORED ON PANEL 4W, LINE 86 OF THE WALL

JAMES EDWARD EDGEMON

WALL NAME

JAMES E EDGEMON

PANEL / LINE

4W/86

DATE OF BIRTH

10/25/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/28/1971

HOME OF RECORD

BELLEVUE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Clay County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES EDWARD EDGEMON
POSTED ON 10.25.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Specialist Four James Edward Edgemon, Served with the 2nd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 12.2.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Attack on FSB Mary Ann – March 28, 1971

In the fog-shrouded early morning hours of March 28, 1971, fifty members of a specially trained North Vietnamese Army assault force, their bodies covered with charcoal dust and grease that made them almost invisible in the dark, quietly approached Fire Support Base Mary Ann, a small U.S. Army encampment in the northern part of Vietnam in Quang Tin Province. The remote outpost with about 30 buildings, including bunkers and sleeping quarters, was defended by 231 Americans of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry (Americal) Division, along with 22 South Vietnamese soldiers. The garrison had become lax about basic security measures, partly because of infrequent contact with the enemy. The intruders, from the 2nd Company of the 409th NVA Main Force Sapper Battalion, crouched low in three- and six-man teams, silently slipped through the barbed wire that marked the firebase’s outer defenses. Under an umbrella of NVA mortar fire, the sappers raced through the compound tossing gas grenades and canvas satchels loaded with explosives. They then directed automatic weapons fire at the demolished or burning targets. The infiltrators hit the battalion tactical operations center and C Company’s command bunker, killing CPT Richard V. Knight Jr., the company’s leader. Grunts were shot down trying to escape their quarters or buried alive when enemy explosives were hurled into their hooches. The base “was a shambles…with things burning all over the place,” wrote the Americal commander in a letter to his family. After one hour of close-quarter combat, 30 Americans were dead and 82 wounded. A count of the enemy dead showed 15 NVA bodies in and around the camp. The lost Americans included SP4 Larry D. Austin, SGT Michael J. Bayne, SGT Ronald J. Becksted, CPL Donald C. Bennett, SP4 Victor R. Bennett Jr., SGT Richard J. Boehm, SGT Richard R. Carson, SGT Clifford W. Corr, SGT Michael L. Crossley, PFC Wilbert S. Dupree Jr., SP4 James E. Edgemon, SP5 Kyle S. Hamilton, CPL Druey L. Hatfield, 1LT John L. Hogan, CPL Michael S. Holloway, SGT Myron B. Johnson, CPL William W. Kirkpatrick, CPT Richard V. Knight Jr., 1LT Carl B. McGee, SGT Larry W. McKee, PFC Laymon Palmer, PVT Steven D. Plath, SSG Terry H. Price, SSG Warren P. Ritsema, CPL Dallas D. Robinson, SGT Robert J. Schumacher, PFC Clark V. Shawnee, CPL Paul A. Sheer, SP4 Donald M. Stotts, and SP4 Roger D. Whirlow. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Sapper Attack: The Elite North Vietnamese Units,” Vietnam Magazine, February 2017]
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POSTED ON 7.15.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 James Edgemon,
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.
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POSTED ON 4.20.2016
POSTED BY: Coach Carlos Ratliff

Great young mentor/friend to BHS students

Eddie was all the things I talk about to our players at our BB Academy. (Compassion. Passion, love , hard worker, believer, trust worthy, honorable,
Team player, loved family, full of life) I will always live & cherish my time w/Eddie.
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POSTED ON 11.1.2015
POSTED BY: Janis Allison-Stanley

Never Forgotten

Eddie, you would have been 65 a few days ago. It's hard to believe you have been gone 44 years. You made a lasting impression on me and I still think of you. It's an honor and privilege to have known you. I'm grateful for your service and saddened by your sacrifice.
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