Edward Walter Milan

United States Air Force
28 October 1944 - 04 March 1968
Boston, Massachusetts
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Purple Heart, Navy Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Edward Walter Milan

23 Jun 2003

After a 4 year tour in the Navy, Bud enlisted in the Air Force to fulfill his dream of being a meteorologist. He was a good son, brother and husband. With only 7 weeks in-country he was killed in action by a mortar attack on the morning of March 4th, 1968. He is greatly missed by his family.

He would be proud of his nephew Brian, whom he never knew. Brian is now in the Navy, and proud of the fact that his uncle gave his life, so that we can all live with the freedoms we sometimes take for granted.

From his sister,
Sharon Colson

07 Jun 2007

We are the rememberers,
the people left behind...
to keep the ones who've gone from us
alive in heart and mind.

The people left to cherish
and preserve a legacy....
Yes, we are the rememberers
and we will always be.

When those we love have left this earth,
we still can feel them near.
We'll see a picture, hear a song,
and it's just like they're here...

And when we call upon our faith
- when we belive and trust -
we know the ones we care about
are always close to us.

This poem says what I and all family members feel about those that so bravely gave their lives. No matter how much time passes, they are always in our hearts.

From another sister.
E-mail address is not available.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The Air Force Weather Service provides meteorological support to both the Air Force and the Army. In Vietnam, the 5th Weather Squadron at Long Binh provided detachments to air bases, Army aviation units, and Army headquarters throughout South Vietnam.

Camp Coryell (Ban Me Thuot City, Darlac Province) was home to the Army's 155th Assault Helicopter Company, the 185th Recon Airplane Company, and Detachment 10, 5th Weather Squadron. At 0350 on 4 March 1968 Camp Coryell came under attack by 82mm mortar fire and B-40 rockets. A ground force of sappers used Bangalore torpedoes to breach the perimeter wire but were repelled by a reaction force. Five men were killed in the attack:

  • 5th Weather Sqdn
    • SSgt James C. Swann, Newport News, VA
    • Sgt Edward W. Milan, Boston, MA

  • 185th Avn Co (Recon)
    • SP5 Conrado F. Bilducia, Winkelman, AZ

  • 525th MI Group
    • CPT Douglas D. Crowe, Dedham, MA

  • HQ & A Co, 704th Maint Bn
    • SP4 Darryl A. Gallaugher, Chillicothe, OH

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 23 Jun 2003
Last updated 08/10/2009