The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Edward Golda, who died in the service of his country on September 30th, 1968 in Quang Duc Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Edward was 21 years of age. He was from New York, New York. Edward is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 42W, Line 46.
The decorations earned by PFC Edward Golda 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 is buried at Long Island, NY National Cemetery.
Edward was born in Gwozniea, Poland.
(His BSV Citation)
Award Of The Bronze Star Medal For Heroism
For heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Private First Class Golda distinguished himself while serving as a Rifleman with C, 2/35th Infantry. On 30 September 1968, Private First Class Golda's platoon was engaged in a patrol along a highway when they were attacked from their front and right flank by a company-size enemy force employing rocket, mortar, machine gun and small arms fire. Seeing that many of his comrades in the point element were wounded by the devastating barrage of enemy fire, Private First Class Golda began placing accurate fire on the enemy positions. With complete disregard for his own safety, he moved from position to position drawing the enemy fire from his wounded comrades while they crawled to safety. As Private First Class Golda attempted to withdraw, he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. His personal bravery, concern for his fellow man, 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.