Edward Daniel MerkleLance Corporal
LIMA CO, 3RD BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
19 July 1950 - 23 February 1969
Seneca Falls, New York
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The database page for Edward Daniel Merkle
Ed, you were a warrior through and through. Laying down suppressing fire for 5 minutes with your M-60 in the face of superior odds as the rest of us were moving to engage the 40 NVA that had ambushed us. You took out 8 bad guys, Bro', and that saved many of your brothers' lives at the sacrifice of your own. 'Country' had a rough time with you gone, as we all did. I want you to know how much you are loved and missed by 2nd Platoon Lima 3/7. I will see you when I get there, my Brother.
A Note from The Virtual WallFrom the 3/7 Marines Command Chronology for February 1969:
"During the period 22-28 February 1969 the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines was engaged in heavy contact with NVA forces throughout the [Tactical Area of Responsibility]. This contact was in conjunction with the enemy TET offensive." ...
Fourteen men from Lima 3/7, including the Company Commander, were killed in action during the engagements outlined above:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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