Edward Eugene GreeneStaff Sergeant
C CO, 2ND BN, 28TH INFANTRY, 1 INF DIV
Army of the United States
29 September 1944 - 02 January 1967
Lenoir, North Carolina
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The database page for Edward Eugene Greene
I was Ed's Platoon Sergeant from the time he arrived in-country fresh from a "shake and bake" school. Two days before he was killed he took over the Platoon from me as I was starting my out-processing to head home.
News of his death hit me hard. Ed had been my drinking buddy (he was a rum & Coke man). That evening I closed the NCO club sitting alone at a table with perhaps 10-15 untouched rum & Cokes across the table from me, with a like number of empty glasses in front of me. Every time my glass was empty a waiter brought me and my buddy another round.
As best as I can remember not a soul spoke to me that night.
Here is a poem that was written for all the Edwards of this world. It is introduced by a Leo Buscaglia on another site as follows -
From a friend,
Notes from The Virtual WallCharlie Company, 2/28th Infantry, lost three men to a mine on 02 January 1967. SP4 Garland G. Fugate of Dayton, Ohio, tripped the device and was killed by the blast. SSG Edward E. Greene and PFC Elmer F. Spina of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were wounded in the explosion; both died the same day from injuries received.
The reference to "shake and bake" has to do with the Army's need for non-commissioned officers during the troop build-ups in Vietnam. Recruits who were judged to have the maturity and ability needed in NCOs were run through NCO schools, primarily at Harmony Church, Fort Benning; if they completed the rigorous course of instruction they were promoted to Sergeant (E-5).
Staff Sergeant Greene's name appears in another context. Several years ago several Americans purchased a number of apparently authentic dogtags while in Vietnam (Note: the manufacture of fake dogtags is a cottage industry in present-day Vietnam). One of the recovered tags bore SSG Greene's name. According to the Cana Mission site SSG Greene's tag has been returned to his family.
Finally, the poem "Things You Didn't Do" is sometimes attributed to Rabbi Jack Riemer. The Virtual Wall has not come across any such claim to authorship by Rabbi Riemer himself.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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