Akers, Edward Darrell, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 11B10, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry
Service Years
1962 - 1966

Private First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wytheville, VA
Last Address
Wytheville, VA

Casualty Date
Jan 11, 1966
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Rosewood Memorial Gardens - Rural Retreat, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04E 063

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Infantry Shoulder Cord

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
US Army Vietnam (USARV)2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry 1st Infantry Division
  1964-1965, 11B10, HHC, US Army Vietnam (USARV)
  1965-1966, 11B10, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry
  1965-1966, 11B10, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
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PFC Edward Darrell Akers, Former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, a native of Wytheville, Virginia.

Private First Class Edward Darrell Akers was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, PFC Akers served our country until January 11th, 1966 in South Vietnam. He was 23 years old and was not married. It was reported that Edward died from multiple fragmentation wounds from a mine. His body was recovered. Edward served with the USMC for 2 years, came home for awhile and then joined the US Army. At one point he was guarding the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in DC. He was the first casualty for Wythe County, Edward was born on April 19th, 1942 in Wytheville, Virginia. PFC Akers is on panel 04E, line 063 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for over 4 years.

Edward Darrell Akers was my 1st cousin. His mother Pauline McKinney Akers and my father James Bernard McKinney were brother and sister. It is so hard to find any records on Ed. He died in battle in Vietman on January 11, 1966 at the age of 23.  He was a fine young man and extremely handsome.  I always thought he looked like the movie star Victor Mature.  He had dark brown hair and eyes.  He was always so good to be around.  He was only 4 years older than me and with that age difference guys usually don't talk to their female relatives a lot.  But he didn't mind at all.  He always listened to you when you were talking to him - it was as if he knew he had to listen and take everything in because his time on earth was going to be short.

Because of his attitude to his younger siblings and younger relatives he is very much remembered. We travel between Virginia and West Virginia a lot and if you go to the rest stop at Princeton WV, they have a memorial to all Vietnam Veterans.  My cousin Edward Darrell Akers is on the plaque from Wythe County, Virginia.  I don't want Ed to ever be forgotten.  My heart aches with pain just to think of him dying in Vietnam.  He was on his 2nd tour of duty in Vietnam.  He bravely enlisted again just so he could go back.  Thank you for defending your country and everyone in the world's freedom.  So I'm writing this about him to keep him forever in peoples thoughts.  You do matter to everyone who knew you. God Bless you Ed. 

Ed went into the Marines fall of 1962. he came to Iowa and worked at Marv's Derby and with the Coca-Cola Co.in Cedar Rapids. In 1964 he went back to Va. where he joined the Army. Marvin-his brother.

I'm sorry what happened to you. I wish that you would of come back. Your friend, Devan Newberry.

He served with Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, "The Big Red One", USARV.

He was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Purple Heart Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal with One Star, The Vietnam Campaign Medal and the US Marines Good Conduct Medal.

Family links: 
  Pauline June McKinney Akers (1917 - 1967)

This was his second tour in Vietnam.
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