12/31/70 Fallen Brothers RVN
IP: 24.59.94.247

12/31/70 BU2 Jerry B. Edmonds Jr., Crossville, TN - Kien Binh NMCB 74
12/31/70 CE3 Harold E. Asher, Tulsa, OK - Kien Binh NMCB 74
12/31/70 EOCN Edgar P. Beck, Jr., Gowanda, NY - Kien Binh NMCB 74
12/31/70 CN John F. Neubauer, Mt. Vernon, NY - Kien Binh NMCB 74
12/31/70 CN Wayne S. Rushton, East Lake, OH - Kien Binh NMCB 74

12/31/70 Fallen Brothers RVN

This is all the information that could be found to date on this incident.

The US Naval Forces Vietnam Command History contains the following entry:
"The most serious incident reported by CB units occurred on the last day
of the month at 1445H on a waterway near Kien Binh (WS 406 036) where the
bodies of five USN Seabees were found. All the bodies contained gunshot and
fragmentation wounds. Investigation of witnesses disclosed that five U.S.
personnel armed with 3 M-16s and one pistol had been sighted in a Boston
Whaler by Vietnamese personnel an hour and a half before, and ARVN units
reported seeing U.S. personnel in a firefight in the same area. A Vietnamese
eyewitness account indicated two VC sampans engaged the whaler, which was
later found abandoned, with grenade and AK-47 fire on the Kinh Thot Not
Canal. The five Seabees were attached to NMCB 74 and traveling from Cho Moi
to Binh Thuy for minor medical treatment."
The five Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 were:

BU2 Jerry B. Edmonds, Crossville, TN;
CE3 Harold E. Asher, Tulsa, OK;
EOCN Edgar P. Beck, Gowanda, NY;
CN John F. Neubauer, Mount Vernon, NY;
CN Wayne S. Rushton, Eastlake, OH.

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12/31/70 BU2 Jerry B. Edmonds Jr., Crossville, TN - Kien Binh NMCB 74

Jerry Baxter Edmonds Jr.

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Crossville, TN
Date of birth: 09/25/1948
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E5
Rank: Builder 2nd Class
ID No: 414767058
MOS: 0000: Not Recorded
Length Service: 02
Unit: NMCB-74, 3RD NC BDE, USNAVFORV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: 07/15/1970
Incident Date: 12/31/1970
Casualty Date: 12/31/1970
Age at Loss: 22
Location: Kien Binh, Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

www.VirtualWall.org/de/EdmondsJB01a.htm
ON THE WALL Panel 05W Line 016

https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/14633/JERRY-B-EDMONDS-JR/

http://www.seabee-rvn.com/GoneBut-Not-Forgotten/Jerry-Edmonds31Dec70NMCB-74/21584463_jjtX42#!i=1721294631&k=SwfFKfD

Jerry is buried at:
Green Acres Memorial Gardens
Crossville, Cumberland County,TN. 38571
Plot: Christus Garden, Lot 103, Space 4
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=52067046

http://www.cpvva.org/KIA.htm

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12/31/70 CE3 Harold E. Asher, Tulsa, OK - Kien Binh NMCB 74

Harold E Asher

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Tulsa, OK
Date of birth: 05/09/1950
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E4
Rank: Construction Electrician 3rd Class
ID No: 446529394
MOS: 0000: Not Recorded
Length Service: 02
Unit: NMCB-74, 3RD NC BDE, USNAVFORV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: 07/15/1970
Incident Date: 12/31/1970
Casualty Date: 12/31/1970
Age at Loss: 20
Location: Kien Binh, Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

www.VirtualWall.org/da/AsherHE01a.htm
ON THE WALL Panel 05W Line 015

https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/1570/HAROLD-E-ASHER/

http://www.seabee-rvn.com/GoneBut-Not-Forgotten/Harold-Asher31Dec70NMCB-74/21584470_qFQjF7#!i=1721295228&k=t828LrJ

Harold is buried at:
Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery
1200 N. Cleveland
Sand Springs, Tulsa County, Oklahoma 74063
Plot: Garden H, Section 84, Space 1
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=138930323

Let us not forget Construction Electrician Third Class Harold E Asher,
casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Navy, CE3 Asher served our
country until December 31st, 1970 in Binh Hoa, South Vietnam. He was 20
years old and was married. Harold died from small arms fire/grenade. His
body was recovered. Harold was born on May 9th, 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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12/31/70 EOCN Edgar P. Beck, Jr., Gowanda, NY - Kien Binh NMCB 74

Edgar Peter Beck Jr.

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Gowanda, NY
Date of birth: 09/18/1950
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E3
Rank: Equipment Operator Constructionman
ID No: 117426957
MOS: 0000: Not Recorded
Length Service: 02
Unit: NMCB-74, 3RD NC BDE, USNAVFORV

CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: 07/15/1970
Incident Date: 12/31/1970
Casualty Date: 12/31/1970
Age at Loss: 20
Location: Kien Binh, Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

www.VirtualWall.org/db/BeckEP01a.htm
ON THE WALL Panel 05W Line 015

https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/3147/EDGAR-P-BECK-JR/

http://www.seabee-rvn.com/GoneBut-Not-Forgotten/Edgar-Beck31Dec70NMCB-74/21584473_LwzFXH#!i=2700231998&k=4m4vBxW

Edgar is buried at:
Acacia Cemetery
4215 North Tonawanda Creek Rd.
North Tonawanda, Niagara County, NY. 14120
Plot: Section G, Lot 661, Grave 1
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=beck&GSiman=1&GScid=2232006&GRid=134928645&

Edgar P. Beck Jr. was born Sept. 18, 1950, in Gowanda, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy following his 1968 graduation from Gowanda Central School. His family had lived in Bushville for only a few months at the time of his death near Kie Ben in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 1970. Constructionman Beck was buried in the Acacia Cemetery of North Tonawanda. Edgar's name is located on panel 5 of the West Wall, on Line 15.

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12/31/70 CN John F. Neubauer, Mt. Vernon, NY - Kien Binh NMCB 74

John Frank Neubauer

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Mount Vernon, NY
Date of birth: 06/24/1950
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E3
Rank: Constructionman
ID No: 106428478
MOS: 0000: Not Recorded
Length Service: 02
Unit: NMCB-74, 3RD NC BDE, USNAVFORV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: 07/15/1970
Incident Date: 12/31/1970
Casualty Date: 12/31/1970
Age at Loss: 20
Location: Kien Binh, Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

www.VirtualWall.org/dn/NeubauerJF01a.htm
ON THE WALL Panel 05W Line 017

https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/37706/JOHN-F-NEUBAUER/

http://www.seabee-rvn.com/GoneBut-Not-Forgotten/John-Neubauer31Dec70NMCB-74/21584478_86rx3W#!i=2700233653&k=7XXnvXQ

Burial Location Unknown
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/147473238/john-frank-neubauer
John was born in Mount Vernon New York. He grew up on High Street and attended Hamilton grade school, and Nichols Junior High (High & Bleecker Streets) before graduating from Mount Vernon High School and entering the Naval Reserves.
His first 2 year enlistment was 11 December 1968 when he joined the Reserve Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 19, Division 3-11, New Rochelle, NY. Then he entered on Active Duty for another 2 years, on June 29 1970 in US Naval Station, Brooklyn, N.Y. where he processed until July 20, 1970. He was released to the Mobile Construction Battalion 74, based in Gulfport Mississippi where he reported for active duty on 31 July 1970.
John and MCB-74 deployed to Vietnam effective 6 November 1970.
According to his drummer, John Michael, (USN, PO2), 'Johnny' was the lead singer in the Battalion band. They had a blast playing the songs from the sixties. They played several times in the EM club at their home base of Bien Hoa as well as at some of the battalion's detachment sites whenever transportation could be arranged, which usually ended up being on a Chinook helicopter. They had fun practicing & performing together up until the day Johnny was killed and they never played again.
At the time of his death, John was survived by his parents, Annette DeGloria Neubauer (1922 - 2011), North High Street, Mount Vernon and Frank Neubauer, Kim Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York. The obituary for John's mother Annette lists his middle name as Francis.
It is unknown where John was buried, From The Virtual Wall, August 28, 2014

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12/31/70 CN Wayne S. Rushton, East Lake, OH - Kien Binh NMCB 74

Wayne Sterling Rushton

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Eastlake, Ohio
Date of birth: Thursday, 07/28/1949
MILITARY DATA
Service: Navy (Regular)
Grade at loss: E3
Rank: Constructionman
ID No: 292462497
MOS: CN Constructionman
LenSvc: Between 1 and 2 years
Unit: NMCB-74, 3RD NC BDE, USNAVFORV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: Wednesday, 07/15/1970
Cas Date: Thursday, 12/31/1970
Age at Loss: 21
Remains: Body Recovered
Location: Kien Binh, Bien Hoa, South Vietnam
Type: Hostile, Died
Reason: Gun, Small Arms Fire - Ground Casualty

http://www.virtualwall.org/dr/RushtonWS01a.htm
ON THE WALL Panel 05W Line 018

https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/44939/WAYNE-S-RUSHTON/

http://www.seabee-rvn.com/GoneBut-Not-Forgotten/Wayne-Rushton31Dec70NMCB-74/21584483_SwG8th#!i=1721296529&k=pztJhNw

Wayne is buried at:
Western Reserve Memorial Gardens
Chesterland, Geauga County, Ohio, 44026Space: 0
Burial: Eternal Peace Chapel, Lot 1, Space, 0
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=rushton&GSiman=1&GScid=497042&GRid=23533613&



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