The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SP4 Fredfor Edwards, who died in the service of his country on August 22nd, 1968 in Darlac Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as 4.2 Mortar Mishap on FSB Jackie. At the time of his death Fredfor was 20 years of age. He was from Effingham, South Carolina. Fredfor is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 47W, Line 26.
The decorations earned by SP4 Fredfor Edwards include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, 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.
Fredfor is buried at Florence Nat Cem, Florence,SC.
I was with SP/4 Fredfor Edwards during Basic Training at Fort Gordon, Ga. from Oct to Dec 1967. We were in the 2nd platoon, E-2-1 and although I only knew him for those 8 weeks, he was the kind of individual you could'nt forget. He was a simple guy who always gave 100%. We lost a lot of good men over there but when it was someone you knew it's just a little harder to take. thanks for giving me the chance to express myself.
Esteban Garcia -- Bronx NY USA -- 09/26/2002
(Esteban was kind enough to supply us with Fredfor's picture.)
(His BSM Citation)
The Bronze Star Medal is Presented to Specialist Four Fredfor Edwards
For meritorious service in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Four Edwards distinguished himself while serving as an automatic weapons man with A, 2/35th Infantry. Upon joining his unit, Specialist Four Edwards demonstrated a strong working knowledge of infantry tactics and the desire to achieve maximum results on all missions in which he participated. Whether serving as the automatic weapons man on a search and destroy operation, providing perimeter security, or assaulting enemy positions; Specialist Four Edwards maintained high personal standards and contributed significantly to his company's mission. His cheerful attitude coupled with his concern for the welfare of his fellow soldiers, earned him the respect and friendship on the entire company. On 22 August 1968, Specialist Four Edwards was mortally wounded by fragments from a friendly mortar round. His outstanding achievements, personal integrity, and exemplary devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.