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Clark County Military Database
Casualty Record for Edgar Davidson Berner
Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA)
Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association (VHCMA)
Killed in Action (KIA) on
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Panel Number
Incident Date 700429 [Casualties]

067 CW2 Willard Sparks Cannon III P C/3/17 CAV OH-58A 68-16844
066 CW2 Edgar Davidson Berner P HHC 3 BDE 101 ABN OH-6A 66-07843
068 SP4 Jeffrey John Klaves CE HHC 3 BDE 101 ABN OH-6A 66-07843
Home Marshall, Illinois
Birth Date 1940-08-28
Sex Male
Race Caucasian
Married/Single Married
Religion Protestant - No Preference
Citizen Yes
Service Army
Rank CWO
Serial Number 311562030
Component Reserve
Grade W1
MOS 100B
Length of Service **
Start of Tour 1969-06-06
Casualty Date 1970-04-29
Casualty Type Hostile, Died
Reason Air Loss, Crash - Land
Air or Ground Helicopter - Pilot
Country South Vietnam
Province Thua Thien
Posthumous Promotion Posthumous promotion as indicated
Body Recovered Body recovered
Location on The Wall Panel 11W - Row 066
RefNo 27168
Processed Date 7005

Incident Description

Pacific Stars and Stripes information

for 25 INF DIV
Dak Seang SF Camp

For date 700429

25 INF DIV was a US Army unit
3 BDE 1 CAV was a US Army unit
Dak Seang SF Camp was a US Army unit
1 BDE 5 INF was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
South Vietnam
Location, FSB Pine Ridge
Description: The following is an edited version of an article titled "Red Sappers Raid U.S. Base." Saigon (S&S Vietnam Bureau) - Red sappers scaled a steep ridge overlooking the vast Michelin rubber plantation 44 miles northwest of Saigon and invaded an American firebase atop the ridge, killing four Americans and wounding 12, the U.S. Command reported Monday. Between 10 and 15 sappers hurled satchel charges rampaged through Firebase Pine Ridge for about 30 minutes late Sunday before infantrymen from the 25th Inf. Div., aided by helicopter and fixed wing gunships and artillery strikes, drove them back into the thick woods surrounding the base, the Command reported. The attack began with a brief, intense enemy mortar and rocket-propelled grenade attack, according to the Command. The body of only one dead sapper was found in the base after the smoke cleared, along with one individual weapon, 15 satchel charges and two and one-half pounds of C4 explosive, the Command reported. Materiel damage in the attack was termed "moderate" by the U.S. Command. Informed sources said the Reds succeeded in demolishing at least one bunker. The sources said Sunday night's attack - along with attacks earlier in the month at two other fire support bases northwest of Saigon - are a part of an enemy campaign of stepped-up sapper assaults that began this spring. Meanwhile, North Vietnamese Army troops attacked the village of Dak Cin, 16 miles west of the Dak Seang Special Forces camp where fighting continued into its 26 day Sunday, according to a Vietnamese spokesman. Regional Forces troops defending the village 84 miles southwest of Da Nang killed seven enemy soldiers, the spokesman said. Friendly casualties were described as "light." The U.S. Command reported that Red ground fire in the Dak Seang area downed a UH1 helicopter Saturday morning, killing four crewmen. It was the 14th U.S. aircraft shot down in the Dak Poko Valley since fighting began there April 1. Sunday morning skytroopers from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Air Cav. Div., ran up against an estimated enemy squad in bunkers 57 miles north of Saigon, the U.S. Command reported. Two Americans were killed and 15 wounded in the firefight. With the help of helicopter gunships and air force jet strikes, the Skytroopers killed three Red soldiers, according to the Command. To the north, 2nd ARVN Inf. Div. troopers reported killing five enemy soldiers near Quang Ngai, according to a Vietnamese army spokesman. In other action reported by the U.S. Command: - Leathernecks from the 5th Regiment, 1st Marine Div., called in artillery strikes after spotting four enemy soldiers running into a treeline 20 miles south of Da Nang. Later they swept through the area and found seven dead Red soldiers in a bunker. - Red gunners lobbed about 5 rounds of 60mm mortar fire into a position of troopers from the 1st Brigade, 5th Inf. Div. (Mech.), 92 miles northwest of Da Nang, causing U.S. casualties described as "light with no fatalities." - Red gunners fired 50 82mm mortar rounds into an element of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Div., 50 miles west-northwest of Da Nang, resulting in light U.S. casualties.