On the morning of the 26th [August, 1968], we
moved out from our night defensive position and moved up about 800
meters where the point platoon got hit, coming under heavy small arms
fire and automatic weapons fire," Edwards recalled.
"The third platoon was moving
too fast ahead of us. The company commander told me to go up and
take over the third platoon. I moved up to take over. The
point squad had gotten separated from the main portion of the platoon.
I reorganized the platoon and we started to move again."
"For at least an hour we
were exposed to enemy fire. I had to locate the point squad with
my radio operator and an another man. We advanced and located
them. They were almost out of ammunition. Most of the men had only
one magazine (20 rounds) and some had two.
The enemy as firing on them
and moving down to their position. I had everyone move back except
for three men. The radio operator, another man and I stayed up
there throwing hand grenades. They were fixing to assault but we
drove them back. When they pulled back, i moved back and
reorganized the platoon."
The first sergeant [Edwards]
and his men remained on the hill for four days, receiving heavy mortar
fire from all sides.
Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, NC, 17 September 1969-
[Jumpmaster Note: Sergeant Edwards
received the Distinguished Service Cross for this action]