Edward James Reeder

Army of the United States
06 August 1948 - 07 January 1968
Boothwyn, Pennsylvania
Panel 33E Line 074


Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Edward James Reeder

26 May 2008

Things have happened in the last few days that have brought all the memories of you to the forefront for Cindy, Debie, Billy and me. It has pulled you back from the warm place in our hearts where you live. It is a strange mix of a bittersweet feeling of the loss again, yet touched with the kind memories of the cousin that you were to us. Memories of the wonderful family times shared. We miss you.

Your name is name never spoken, nor does a thought of you pass, that is not filled with pride for all that you gave.

Cindy has written a beautiful poem for you that I hope will follow in posting.

Our love survives you.

From a cousin - the daughter of Grace's sister Alice Schlagel,
Ellen Hartman Miller

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 07 Jan 1968 A and C Companies, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry, were ambushed in the Que Son Valley by the 3rd NVA Regiment. Twentythree US soldiers died in the ensuing fight:
  • A Co, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
    • SSG Delmer R. Jones, Ripley, WV
    • SSG Robert S. Trujillo, Santa Fe, NM
    • SGT Donald R. Bruckner, Garfield Heights, OH
    • SGT Edward J. Reeder, Boothwyn, PA
    • SGT Robert W. Vaden, Camp Springs, MD
    • SP4 Manuel Casilla-Vazquez, New York, NY
    • CPL Robert L. Heller, Long Beach, CA
    • SP4 Robert C. Kearney, Seattle, WA
    • SP4 Frank Sutton, Phoenix, AZ
    • PFC Conrad N. Gonzalez, New York, NY

  • C Co, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
    • 1LT James M. Stone, Miami, FL (Dist Svc Cross)
    • SGT Wojciech Wysocki, New York, NY
    • CPL Arnoldo L. Carrillo, Benavides, TX
    • SP4 Hubert Royster, Oxford, NC
    • PFC Rufus Hood, Texas City, TX

  • HHC, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
    • LTC Bob L. Gregory, Oklahoma City, OK (Dist Svc Cross) *
    • MAJ Lawrence M. Malone, Seattle, WA *
    • MSG Richard C. Keefe, Houston, TX (Silver Star) *

  • B Trp, 1st Sqdn, 1st Cavalry, Americal Div
  • HHC, 2nd Bde, 1st Cav Div
    • WO Robert F. Bahl, Pittsburgh, PA *
    • WO Marshall H. Ford, Marlborough, NH *

  • HHC, 3rd Bde, 1st Cav Div
    • SP5 Arthur L. Lauderdale, Bennington, OK *
    • CPL Lloyd E. Knake, St James, MN *
LTC Bob L. Gregory, Commanding Officer, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry, and six others (with an asterisk ) were killed when Gregory's command helo was shot down. Gregory was subsequently awarded a posthumous DSC for his actions during an engagement in the same area several days prior to his death.

CPT John L. Barovetto was killed while leading a relief column to assist the 2/12 Cav troopers.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a cousin,
Ellen Hartman Miller

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 May 2008
Last updated 06/02/2008