Greer, Edward, 1SG

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
First Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Ordnance Corps
Last Primary MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist
Last MOS Group
Ordnance (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1973-1975, 55D, 8th Army, Korea (EUSA)/Korean Support Command
Service Years
1951 - 1975
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

First Sergeant


Eight Service Stripes



Seven Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Rocky Mount, Virginia
Last Address
Smithfield, North Carolina

Date of Passing
Nov 27, 2016
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified


 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)Explosives Ordnance Disposal (Master)
Rifle
Auto Rifle
Pistol

 

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) EOD


 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present) Ordnance Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal

Cold War Veteran Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration Vietnam 50th Anniversary


 Military Association Memberships
North Carolina State CouncilVietnam EOD Veterans AssociationNational EOD Association (NATEODA).  The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)
American Legion Barstow ChapterKorean War Veterans Association (KWVA)Post 5886, Stevens-Barbour Post
Voiture 1517
  1988, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), North Carolina State Council (Life Member) (West End, North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1990, Vietnam EOD Veterans Association
  1990, National EOD Association (NATEODA).
  1992, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)
  2000, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Barstow Chapter (Member) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2009, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 5886, Stevens-Barbour Post (Member) (Smithfield, North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2010, Forty & Eight, Voiture 1517 (Sergeant At Arms) (North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Officer of the American Legion Post, Smithfield, North Carolina.
   
Other Comments:
Not Specified
   
 Countries Deployed To or Visited

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1951, Basic Training (Fort Jackson, SC)
 Unit Assignments
7th Infantry Division5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry DivisonU.S. ArmyOrdnance Units
549th Ordnance Detachment Control EODC73rd Ordnance Detachment (EODC)533rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control85th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
547th Ordnance Detachment Control Team (EODCT)8th Army, Korea (EUSA)
  1951-1954, 111.10, 7th Infantry Division
  1953-1953, 111.10, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divison
  1963-1963, 3924, Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School (NAVSCHEOD)
  1963-1964, 55D, 55th Ordnance Company (EOD)
  1964-1965, 55D, 549th Ordnance Detachment Control EODC/67th Ordnance Detachment EOD
  1965-1966, 55D, 73rd Ordnance Detachment (EODC)
  1966-1968, 55D, 533rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control/99th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
  1968-1968, 55D, 85th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
  1968-1968, 55D, 533rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control/99th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
  1968-1969, 55D, 533rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control
  1968-1970, 55D, 547th Ordnance Detachment Control Team (EODCT)/123rd Ordnance Detachment
  1970-1973, 55D, 931st Engineer Battalion
  1973-1975, 55D, 8th Army, Korea (EUSA)/Korean Support Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1952-1953 Korean War
  1953-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
  1953-1953 Korean War Armistice (Occupation)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Military Association Memberships
North Carolina State CouncilVietnam EOD Veterans AssociationNational EOD Association (NATEODA).  The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)
American Legion Barstow ChapterKorean War Veterans Association (KWVA)Post 5886, Stevens-Barbour Post
Voiture 1517
  1988, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), North Carolina State Council (Life Member) (West End, North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1990, Vietnam EOD Veterans Association
  1990, National EOD Association (NATEODA).
  1992, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)
  2000, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Barstow Chapter (Member) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2009, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 5886, Stevens-Barbour Post (Member) (Smithfield, North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2010, Forty & Eight, Voiture 1517 (Sergeant At Arms) (North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Tributes from Members  
Obituary for 1ST Edward Greer posted by QM Bucy, Darrell, SFC 410
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Reflections on 1SG Greer's US Army Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE ARMY?
A desire to complete my military service obligation upon graduating from high school (UMT Act 1952).
WHETHER YOU WERE IN THE SERVICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS OR AS A CAREER, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE DIRECTION OR PATH YOU TOOK. WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR LEAVING?
Fort Jackson, SC and Camp Gordon, GA.
Korea, 7th Infantry Division.
Japan, IX Corps and 1st Cav Division, 5th Cav Regt.
Korea, 7th Infantry Division.
Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA.
Fort Bliss, TX.
USN EOD School, Indian Head, MD.
55th EOD, Camp Drum, NY.
62nd EOD, Fort McNair, Washington, DC.
73rd EODC, Elefsina, Greece.
99th EOD, Fort Bragg, NC and DaNang, RVN.
85th EOD, 4th Infantry Division, Pleiku & Kontom, RVN.
533rd EODC, Saigon, RVN.
123rd EOD, Fort Rucker, AL.
89th EOD, Fort Benning, GA.
931st and 631st Engineer Group, Fort Benning, GA.
Operations Officer, Korean Service Corps, Seoul, ROK.
Fort Benning, GA and retirement.
IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY MILITARY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH WERE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TO YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY.
With the 7th Infantry Division in Korea, I was a Senior Rifleman (PFC-CPL). I never knew exactly where I was and any combat had no designation.

It seems that all the combat operations were either during the monsoon or the dry seasons & Winter. I wish I had kept a diary.

In RVN, I supported the 4th Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade(B25 Green Berets). I was on "Mile High", "Brillo Pad" and "Crows Nest". I was the last soldier off "Crows Nest" as we evacuated and destroyed by detonation all our abandoned ammo.

While at Pleiku, which was very rarely, my Unit came under mortar attack several times without incident. While at Kontum, RVN, there were frequent 122mm and 140mm rocket attacks. Mostly against the nearby civilian population and their homes.


OF ALL YOUR DUTY STATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS, WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE FONDEST MEMORIES OF AND WHY? WHICH ONE WAS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
My assignment as Operation Sergeant with the 533rd Ordnance Detachment (EODC) in Saigon, RVN, 1968 and my association with SGM William Baird, SGM Frank Wardwell and MAJ Gerald Pack. I am the lone survivor.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE SERVICE, INCLUDING COMBAT, DESCRIBE THE PERSONAL MEMORIES WHICH HAVE IMPACTED YOU MOST?
My distaste for West Texas and upstate New York.
WHAT ACHIEVEMENT(S) ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF FROM YOUR MILITARY CAREER? IF YOU RECEIVED ANY MEDALS, AWARDS, FORMAL PRESENTATIONS OR QUALIFICATION BADGES FOR SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT OR VALOR, PLEASE DESCRIBE HOW THESE WERE EARNED.
CIB and BS were awarded because I was there. I just attempted to do my job. "Valor"? Are you kidding!
OF ALL THE MEDALS, AWARDS, FORMAL PRESENTATIONS AND QUALIFICATION BADGES YOU RECEIVED, OR ANY OTHER MEMORABILIA, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH ARE THE MOST MEANINGFUL TO YOU AND WHY?
In my opinion, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge is the most valued award since it is across all services and requires intelligence and courage. The Combat Infantryman's Badge is awarded, but not all deserve it.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
Positively, there were four. MAJ Gerald Pack, SGM William "Bill" Baird, SGM Arthur Sanders and SGM Franklin Wardwell. I will never forget them.

Negatively, Bob Kitts, Tommie O'Brien and Patrick Shirley.

WHAT PROFESSION DID YOU FOLLOW AFTER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING, WHAT IS YOUR PRESENT OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY?
I completed my degree at Columbus State University and moved to Florida. I was employed at Kennedy Space Center as an engineer for 23 years.

I moved to North Carolina to be near my children and taught elementary school for one year. Then transferred to state law enforcement. I retired.

I have one brother and 5 sisters who live out of state and I am able to visit them which settles my mind and calms me.

I work with the Guardian Ad Litem Program in Lee, Harnett and Johnston Counties, NC.
WHAT MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A MEMBER OF, IF ANY? WHAT SPECIFIC BENEFITS DO YOU DERIVE FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIPS?
Life member of Disabled Americans, American Legion, Korean War Veterans Assn. and Vietnam Veterans of America. Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Forty and Eight.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS SERVING IN THE MILITARY INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU HAVE APPROACHED YOUR LIFE AND YOUR CAREER? WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT YOUR TIME IN THE SERVICE?
After observing military life, I find it easy to separate the animals from the humans.
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE ARMY?
My heart goes out to all of you. God bless you and yours.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
Since retirement, I have communicated with only one soldier that I served with. He was kind enough to look me up and we visited for awhile.

DMR

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