Edmondson, Harold Thomas, Jr., CPL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11C10-Indirect Fire Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 11C10, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1965 - 1966


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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Charleston, SC
Last Address
Charleston, SC

Casualty Date
Jan 30, 1966
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Greater Zion AME Church Cemetery - Awendaw, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04E 119

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Belgian Fourragere Infantry Shoulder Cord

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
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Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Van Buren
From Month/Year
January / 1966
To Month/Year
February / 1966

Operation Van Buren was a harvest security operation conducted by the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division in the Tuy Hòa Valley, Phú Yên Province, lasting from 15 January to 25 February 1966. During Operation Van Buren, many civilians were alleged to have been killed in and around the Tuy Hoa Valley by South Korean troops. These were reported as "enemy KIA", as distinctions were not made concerning body counts. Following these operations, the area became a hotbed of resistance and Viet Cong activity.
On 15 January 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment was flown into Tuy Hòa Airfield. On 18 January 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment was landed by LST at Tuy Hòa Port. The 2/502nd proceeded to patrol north of the Dà Rằng River while the 2/327th and the South Korean 2nd Marine Brigade patrolled south of the Dà Rằng. On 31 January the South Koreans were attacked by the PAVN suffering heavy losses and they were withdrawn and replaced by the 1/327th.

On 6 February a platoon from Company B, 2/502nd, came under fire as it approached the hamlet of Canh Tanh 4, approximately 20km southwest of Tuy Hòa. The company commander sent platoons to the south and west of the hamlet to try to encircle the enemy forces. Once in position the U.S. forces attacked but were met by heavy fire and withdrew to allow a total of 13 airstrikes on the position. The U.S. forces tightened their cordon overnight for a renewed assault in the morning, however they found that the enemy had abandoned the position overnight leaving behind 39 bodies and documents identifying them as members of the 5th Battalion, 95th Regiment.

On 7 February Company C 2/502nd approached the hamlet of My Canh 2, 2km south of Canh Tanh 4 and came under heavy fire from entrenched forces pinning down the Company. Air and artillery strikes were called in and reinforcements from Company B and Tiger Force of 1/327th commanded by Maj. David Hackworth were landed by helicopter nearby. Maj Hackworth sent Tiger Force to the north of My Canh 2 and Company B to the south, Tiger Force would then launch a Hammer and anvil attack. As Tiger Force moved to its attacking position the cover thinned out and they were hit by PAVN fire suffering 7 killed. Maj. Hackworth then ordered Company B to attack and they were similarly caught in the open losing 19 killed, then withdrew into night defensive positions. Tiger Force was ordered to renew the attack and the unit commander Lieutenant James A. Gardner personally destroyed 4 machine gun positions with grenades before being killed, he would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. Tiger Force then moved under cover of artillery fire to join up with Company B 1/327th. The following morning after air and artillery strikes U.S. forces entered My Canh 2, the PAVN had abandoned the position overnight leaving 63 bodies and 60 weapons.

The operation continued without any other major enagagements with the PAVN.
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From Month/Year
January / 1966
To Month/Year
February / 1966
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
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