Edward Harry Gernert


US Army Insignia

United States Army

PFC Insignia - Army

Private First Class

4th Cavalry Regiment Insignia  25th Infantry Division Patch  United States Army-Vietnam Patch
'B' Troop, 3rd Squadron
 4th Cavalry Regiment
 25th Infantry Division
United States Army-Vietnam



Combat Infantryman Badge

Silver Star  Bronze Star Purple Heart  Army Good Conduct Medal  National  Defense Medal  Vietnam Service Medal

Vietnamese Gallantry Cross Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Fell June 30, 1969

Edward was born in Lebanon on the 10th of August, 1947 to Harry and Lorraine Gernert.  He was the second oldest son and had five brothers and two sisters.  He attended Lebanon schools, excelling in vocational woodworking, and graduated from Lebanon Senior High School with the Class of 1966.  He worshipped at St. Mark's United Church of Christ in Lebanon.  Enjoying the outdoors as a hunter and fisherman was a favorite passtime.  His special interests were archery and riding motorcycles.  After graduation he was employed by Richard Heisey as a roofer.

He joined the Army in 1968, and after training arrived in Vietnam on the 23rd of May, 1969.  He was assigned to Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division.  He was in-country only five weeks when his armored personnel carrier was struck by a rocket propelled grenade causing his mortal wounds.

He was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.  The Vietnamese government awarded him the Cross Of Gallantry and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He was survived by his mother; brothers, Terry, Dennis, Paul, Darwin and Perry; and sisters, Linda and Beverly.

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