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Edward Joseph Downs
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Birth: Oct. 22, 1948
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Death: Jul. 28, 1968
Tam Kỳ, Vietnam

Edward the son of Irving and Alice V. Downs of Washington DC, enlisted in the US Marine Corps on July 5, 1967 In Baltimore MD. He arrived in Vietnam on December 15 and was assigned to Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV (Rein) FMF.

On the morning of 28 July the Company moved out of Da Hoa An eastward, the third platoon receiving some small arms harassing fire which ceased, shortly thereafter the Marines heard an eruption of gunfire from the direction of the second platoon which had run into an ambush. The NVA were in fortified positions concealed in a tree line under cover and had been waiting for the approaching Marines who were strung out in a column in the open. At the appropriate time, the enemy which was later estimated to have been a Company sized force opened up with all available fire power it had cutting down many of the men by the quantity of fire directed at them. The third platoon quickly moved up but was also immediately pinned down by machine gun and automatic weapons fire which raked the men.

A large number of casualties were being taken by the Marines who found themselves with little cover in open rice paddies, and reaction forces from Company L and M were dispatched to assist the beleaguered Marines who were unable to move. Men assaulted the enemy bunkers to enable others help in attempting to retrieve their fallen comrades, Artillery and fixed wing missions were called in on the enemy positions which helped to relieve some of the pressure on the men under fire. by late afternoon Company K was able to link up with Company L and a platoon from Company M and moved with their casualties to a secured LZ to evacuate the dead and the wounded. Cpl Downs was one of the casualties, he was killed in action as a result of hostile rifle fire.

The day proved to be a costly one for the Marines, Company K lost sixteen men who were killed in action, one USN Corpsman was killed and there were wounded and evacuated. Company M had one Marine killed and five wounded.


* Cpl Downs was presented with the Silver Star Medal posthumously "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action ....on 28 July 1968...."

Casualties: H&S Company

Wayne Maurice Caron MEDAL OF HONOR

Casualties: Company K

David Leroy Brooks
Edward Joseph Downs
Philip Lyn Gosselin
George Stephen Johnson
Douglas Milton Kelly
John Manning Lancaster
Robert Charles Lee
Daniel Edward Lloyd
James Calvin Markel Jr.
Carl Robert Miller
Anthony Carlos Pino
Raphael Johnny Rendon
John Edward Rice
John Reyito Serrano
William Stanley Smoyer
John Jeremiah Till

Casualties: Company M
Jorge Martinez

 (bio by: Victor Vilionis) 
 
Note: CPL USMC
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec: 52, Site: 1423
 
Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Mar 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49175066
Edward Joseph Downs
Added by: Victor Vilionis
 
Edward Joseph Downs
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 Added: Feb. 18, 2012
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- Victor Vilionis
 Added: May. 2, 2011
 
 
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