Wilmers, Edward Leon, SGT

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Armor
Last Primary MOS
11E10-Armor Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, Valley Forge General Hospital
Service Years
1966 - 1969
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Order of the Spur

Sergeant


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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Detroit
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jan 21, 2014
 
Cause
Not Specified
Reason
Not Specified
Location
Not Specified
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mount Loretto Cemetery - Lapeer, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
62E 007

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Order of The Spur


 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial3/4 Cav Association
  2014, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]3 - Assoc. Page
  2017, 3/4 Cav Association2

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Tank Weapons
Rifle
Pistol

 
 Unit Assignments
3rd Infantry DivisionNCO Academy (Cadre) Fort Stewart, GA3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
Valley Forge General Hospital
  1966-1967, 3rd Infantry Division
  1967-1967, 11E20, NCO Academy (Cadre) Fort Stewart, GA
  1967-1968, 11E20, 3rd Infantry Division
  1968-1968, 11E10, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment
  1968-1968, 11E10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
  1968-1969, Valley Forge General Hospital
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Apr 13, 2017, General Photos9
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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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Hymn to the Fallen performed by the 451st Army Band.
 
   
Comments/Citation
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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