Wilmers, Edward Leon, SGT

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11E10-Armor Crewman
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Armor (Enlisted)
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1968-1969, Valley Forge General Hospital
Service Years
1966 - 1969
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Order of the Spur


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This Military Service Page was created/owned by MAJ John Moore (SaberAlpha 10) to remember Wilmers, Edward Leon, SGT USA(Ret).

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Date of Passing
Jan 21, 2014
Location of Interment
Mount Loretto Cemetery - Lapeer, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
62E 007

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Order of The Spur

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial3/4 Cav Association
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  2017, 3/4 Cav Association2

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Edward Leon WILMERS, B Troop 3/4 Cav, died 21 Jan 2014 from wounds received  On May 17 , 1968.  He will be added to "The Wall" in a ceremony this May.  He received shrapnel wounds to his head from an RPG that hit his tank and left him a quadriplegic for the rest of his life.  It was his first day in the field with 1st Platoon Bravo Troop 3/4 Cavalry.

Ed was buried with military honors in the Loretto Cemetery at Lapeer, MI.

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Comments from Dennis Roe:  Friend and Crewmember
    Chris Hemminger and I met with Ed's brother Ron just after Ed's death in 2014. We determined to work toward getting his name added to the wall.
   Ed came over from Germany to Vietnam and came to B-Troop, 1st Platoon to be a T.C on a tank on May 17, 1968. I was called off another tank to make a full crew for a replacement tank that Ed came out to the field with that day. Barry Anderson was the gunner, I was the loader, and the driver was a guy we called "Wormy." Ed and I were from the same hometown area, Lapeer, Michigan. I really didn't know Ed personally as he was a year ahead of me in high school. However, I knew his dad and even purchased my high school graduation suit from him. It's a small world. Ed and I talked until the wee hours of the morning, just before we were hit. I woke up to a barrage of RPGs just before dawn. Ed and Barry had taken shelter behind the tank where they were sleeping when an RPG hit nearby wounding Ed. From that date until his death in 2014 he was a quadriplegic.
    I visited Ed and his family from time to time through the years. It was tough. He couldn't even talk. He had to blink his eyes to communicate. I moved to the west coast and so didn't see Ed much the last 20 plus years. However, after sharing Ed's situation with other of our Cav brothers, who live in Michigan, a number took up visiting him. So my personal thanks go out to them, Santino Carrabbio, Chris Hemminger, and Dick Himler.
    My heart is heavy as I think of what Ed suffered captured in his body for 46 years, but it is filled with joy to know that he will have his name among those honored ones remembered on The Wall.
    Paratus et Fidelis,
    Dennis Roe, 3/4 Cavalry Association Board of Officers
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Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
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This campaign was from 2 April to 30 June 1968. During this period friendly forces conducted a number of battalion-size attritional operations against the enemy.

Operations PEGASUS-Lam Son 207 relieved the Khe Sanh Combat Base on 5 April and thereby opened Route 9 for the first time since August 1967. This operation not only severely restricted the North Vietnamese Army's use of western Quang Tri Province but also inflicted casualties on the remnants of two North Vietnamese divisions withdrawing from the area. This success was followed by a singular allied spoiling operation in the A Shau Valley, Operation DELAWARE-Lam Son. These two operations prevented the enemy from further attacking I Corps Tactical Zone population centers and forced him to shift his pressure to the III Corps Tactical Zone.

During the period 5-12 May 1968 the Viet Cong launched an offensive with Saigon as the primary objective. Friendly forces defended the city with great determination. Consequently Saigon was never in danger of being overrun. Small Viet Cong units that did manage to get into the outskirts were fragmented and driven out with great loss of enemy life. By the end of June 1968 friendly forces had decisively blunted the enemy's attacks, inflicted very heavy casualties, and hindered his ability to attack urban areas throughout the Republic of Vietnam. The enemy was forced to withdraw to his sanctuaries.

The strength of the U.S. Army in Vietnam reach a peak of nearly 360,000 men during this period.
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Apr 13, 2017
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1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)

I Corps/29th Civil Affairs Company

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  • Alvarez, Charles, SP 4, (1966-1968)
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