Edward Dean Gould

Staff Sergeant
United States Marine Corps
13 November 1935 - 21 April 1967
Batesville, Arkansas
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13 Oct 2007

SSgt Gould was my Junior Drill Instructor at Parris Island 1965, Platoon 3009. At that time he was a Sergeant - he was a great Marine and DI. He was fair and decent and took the time to help you if you didn't understand something. I was doing a search for my friend and saw his name. To his family, my belated condolences. Rest in peace, Marine, and God Bless you.

From a recruit at Parris Island,
John O'Brien

Platoon 3009
SSgt E. D. Gould is the 3rd drill instructor from the left.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In April 1967 Fox Company, 2nd Bn, 1st Marines manned an outpost on a hill at Nui Loc Son in the Que Son Valley, running daily (and nightly) patrols to deny the valley below to the enemy.

On 21 Apr 1967, most of the company set out on a daylight patrol that took them into the village of Binh Son. As the Marines approached across the rice paddies they were ambushed by a dug-in VC Main Force battalion that enjoyed a clear line of fire across level land with little cover ... Fox 2/1 had run into a hornet's nest. Fourteen Marines were killed and 18 others wounded early in the fight, which continued until other elements of the 1st Marines and the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, arrived and flanked the VC from their fortifications.

By the time Fox 2/1 was relieved they had lost 29 men, including Staff Sergeant Gould. India and Mike Companies, 3/1, lost 14 more.

The engagement initiated Operation UNION, a massive effort to clear the VC from the Que Son area - but an effort which had to be repeated throughout the war.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a recruit at Parris Island,
John O'Brien

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 13 Oct 2007
Last updated 02/18/2008