35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  PFC Edward McGruder    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"

Alpha 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, PFC Edward McGruder, who died in the service of his country on July 13th, 1967 in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Booby Trap. At the time of his death Edward was 20 years of age. He was from Cusseta, Georgia. Edward is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 23E, Line 67.

The decorations earned by PFC Edward McGruder include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, 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.

Edward was wounded 3 KM NNW of Duc Pho on June 25 1967 by a booby-trapped 250 lb bomb. He died at Clark AFB, Phillippines. He was in the 2nd Platoon. According to official records he received a BSV but we do not have a copy of the citation.

Buried in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Louvale, GA. Louvale is located about 10 miles south of Ft. Benning, GA.