EDWARD W HEIFNER
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HONORED ON PANEL 35E, LINE 32 OF THE WALL

EDWARD WILLIAM HEIFNER

WALL NAME

EDWARD W HEIFNER

PANEL / LINE

35E/32

DATE OF BIRTH

04/13/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/25/1968

HOME OF RECORD

PARMA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cuyahoga County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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LEFT FOR EDWARD WILLIAM HEIFNER
POSTED ON 3.18.2024
POSTED BY: Tommy Edward Speeth

Thank you good friends of my Uncle Eddie I never knew!

Born in ‘70, I never had a chance to meet my Uncle Eddie but want his friends to know I appreciate your friendships and thoughts of my uncle to this day.

I am proud to carry his name

Thanks
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POSTED ON 4.13.2023
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm Proud of Our Vietnam Veterans

Private First Class Edward William Heifner, Served with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 12.8.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. I am 73 and have lived a long and fulfilling life. It is tragic you never had that same opportunity. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 3.30.2022
POSTED BY: ANON

73

Never forgotten.

Semper Fi, Marine
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POSTED ON 8.28.2021

Final Mission of PFC Edward W. Heifner

On January 15, 1968, the 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, was flown from Phu Bai to Khe Sanh Combat Base in Quang Tri Province, RVN, in fixed-wing aircraft to be deployed into a Battalion defensive position blocking North Vietnamese Army (NVA) movement through the Rao Quan Valley northwest of the base. The next day, F Company 2/26, was placed on Hill 558, and joined by the remainder of the Battalion on January 17th after they conducted a tactical march to the location. Reconnaissance of the area was performed, and reinforced platoon-sized patrols were sent out from Hill 558 to determine the enemy’s location and disposition. On January 24th, a patrol made contact with an estimated NVA company on a nearby hill the F Company Marines labeled “Fox Hill.” The patrol disengaged to allow supporting arms to attack the enemy positions. Air strikes, artillery, and mortar missions were called on the enemy with reported “excellent results.” The following morning, F Company 2/26 patrolled to Fox Hill and deployed online up the hill to ascertain enemy disposition and strength. During the ascent, a near disaster occurred when a friendly A-1 Skyraider attack aircraft suddenly appeared and dropped a napalm canister between two Marine squads. Miraculously, no one was seriously injured, and the Marines continued upward. At 10:15 AM, they spotted two figures on the objective. Under the cover of supporting arms, the Marines continued forward. Just prior to achieving the topographical crest of the hill, they came under heavy small arms fire and grenades. One Marine, rifleman PFC Edward W. Heifner from F/2/26, was killed after sustaining gunshot wounds to the neck and body. The patrol gained fire superiority with several NVA being hit by fire. The patrol again disengaged, pulling back with their casualties, allowed supporting arms to destroy the enemy positions. The Marines took turns carrying Heifner back down Fox Hill to be medevacked. The firefight and supporting arms accounted for seventeen NVA killed, and one AK-47 rifle captured. Marine casualties were one killed (Heifner) and ten wounded, five requiring medivac and five others with minor injuries. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, “Command Chronology (2d Bn 26th Marines)” at ttu.edu, and the book “My Marine Corps Odyssey” by William K. Wonders; also, information provided by Anonymous (August 2021)]
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