EDWARD L KOLKA
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HONORED ON PANEL 42E, LINE 34 OF THE WALL

EDWARD LOUIS KOLKA

WALL NAME

EDWARD L KOLKA

PANEL / LINE

42E/34

DATE OF BIRTH

04/28/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/02/1968

HOME OF RECORD

HANCOCK

COUNTY OF RECORD

Houghton County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR EDWARD LOUIS KOLKA
POSTED ON 4.28.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Sergeant Edward Louis Kolka, Served with Company D, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division.
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POSTED ON 11.6.2017

HONORING ALL

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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POSTED ON 3.2.2017
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star

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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POSTED ON 1.13.2015
POSTED BY: Saale Kaing (Kolka)

To a newly found relative ?

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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POSTED ON 8.5.2014
POSTED BY: Pat Kolka

To my big brother

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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