Edward Francis Miles
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On May 4, 2010 the names of three Soldiers and three Marines were added to the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial in Washington, DC. All six men died as a result of wounds sustained within the combat
zone during the Vietnam War. The Department of Defense reviews the medical records of service
members when requested by families to determine if their name is eligible to be included on the
memorial. The six names added to the Wall were:
The families of the service members gathered at "the Wall" to join the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, in honoring them at the annual Memorial Day observance May 31, 2010.
Family members of five of the six the six service members being honored and read the names off the wall for the first time during the ceremony.
The U. S. Army Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG) has made the determination that Capt. Miles died as a result of wounds sustained from a "booby trap" set by hostile forces. He stepped on a land mine near Cu Chi on April 26, 1969. He lost both legs, his right eye and the use of his right arm but later helped in the crusade against land mines.
Ed Miles was the associate director of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF), and worked on the International Campaign to Ban Landmines for which VVAF shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. Ed was born in Brooklyn, NY, and was buried there with his parents and Irish ancestors dating from 1860.
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