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  SP4 George Edward Edden    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Delta Company
1st Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SP4 George Edward Edden, who died in the service of his country on April 5th, 1968 in Kontum Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death George was 19 years of age. He was from Avon, Montana. George is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 48E, Line 16.

The decorations earned by SP4 George Edward Edden include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

I clearly remember George Edden playing high school football in Deer Lodge, Mont. That had to be mid-1960s when I was a junior high schooler. When I got fascinated with football I attended every home game. I have this picture in my mind: the team bus (the Wardens) parked off the field during halftime with interior lights turned on as the coach stormed up and down the aisle yelling at the players. I remember seeing George sitting there under that yellow light wearing one of those old white game uniforms. Why I remember I don't know, because I never knew him personally. He must have been a senior then, a year or two before his death. When I heard he had been killed, I kept seeing his face in that yellow light.

Kevin Giles
Stillwater, MN
Nov. 25, 1998