Edward Joseph Blotzer

Private First Class
Army of the United States
06 March 1944 - 09 October 1967
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Panel 27E Line 079

Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Edward J Blotzer

The database page for Edward Joseph Blotzer

19 Oct 2004

Eddie was a proud member of Company A, 1/35 Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. He was killed with ten others over a nameless little hill northwest of Landing Zone Mary Lou, Quang Tin Province, 10/9/67

As we were approaching the hill Eddie mentioned to someone that it reminded him of a hill near his house in Pittsburg.

I remember him as short, with red hair - just an average guy trying to do his best and get back home.

Eddie died with several others, right above me after our part of the platoon was overrun. Tony Taschler put a rosary in his hand the next morning.

Rest in peace, Eddie.

Dick Arnold
Co A, 1/35th

Notes from The Virtual Wall

As noted above, "A" Company lost eleven men in the attack:
  • A Company, 1/35th Infantry
    • 2LT William R. Bray, Burlington, NC
    • 2LT Robert J. Lazaro, Glendora, NJ
    • PFC Edward J. Blotzer, Pittsburgh, PA
    • PFC Willis W. Emerton, Dallas, TX
    • PFC Jimmy R. Hohstadt, Clovis, NM
    • PFC Richard R. Irwin, Arcadia, CA
    • PFC Bernard J. Meirndorf, Williamston, MI
    • PFC Joel C. Roper, Marietta, GA
    • PFC Stephen J. Smith, Mount Vernon, IL

  • HHC, 1/35th Infantry
    • SP4 David L. Farley, Brunswick, ME, medic with A/1/35
    • PFC Ronald S. Sandel, Thorp, WI, medic with A/1/35

Ed was born in Pittsburgh, PA on March 6, 1944 and grew up in the Mt Washington section of that city. He attended St Justin High, where he especially enjoyed participating in some of the school theatrical productions. Ed worked at the neighborhood Bard's Dairy store while attending school.

After graduation, Ed lived for a year in Los Angeles, CA, where he worked at Robinson's department store. He returned to Pittsburgh and enrolled in classes at Point Park College. Leaving college due to financial considerations, he completed a training program for radiology technicians.

Ed was working in the radiology department at Presbyterian-University Hospital in Pittsburgh at the time he entered military service.

Ed did his Army basic training at Ft Bragg, NC, and then completed advanced infantry training at Ft Polk, LA. He began his Vietnam tour with A 1/35th in July 1967.

Ed had a talent for writing, a dry wit, and a vast propensity for helping others. His Roman Catholic faith was an important facet of his life. Ed's memory is cherished by his mother and stepfather, Anne and George Dunsey, by his brothers, George and Patrick Dunsey, and by the many relatives and friends he touched with his kind and good nature.

Biographical information provided by his brother,
Patrick Dunsey

Taken from his
35th Infantry memorial page

The eleven men are remembered by their fellow soldiers of the

35th Infantry - the Cacti Regiment

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend and comrade in arms,
Dick Arnold
19 Oct 2004

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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