Edward Dutchie Jr.

COBRA Company ’66/’67

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Eddie Dutchie was one of my best friends in Vietnam and I can’t believe I never put a page up on the site in honor of him. Lest wise I can’t find one if I did. Eddie and I reconnected with each other shortly after I started going to Cattlett, VA. and my first reunion. We talked on the phone several times over the span of a couple years and I was always amazed at his memory of our days together in Vietnam. Names, dates, battles all kinds of things I had long tried to put out of my memory. This must have put a lot of stress on Eddie because on Thanksgiving in 2002 I received a phone call from his daughter telling me Eddie had past on. Of course I always regretted not going to see my friend, something I can never set right, but I think of Eddie often. Another reason I am baffled I never added this page to our website. I also will add a poem his daughter wrote for him in Loving Memory of Edward Dutchie Jr.

David J. Markham

DutchieIn Loving Memory of Edward Dutchie Jr

Listen, you citizens and listen well
When stories are told of men in Hell,
Look for the man and give ear,
for this man knows the meaning of fear

Look for the man with the 101st Crest
He fought with giants, he’s one of the best
He knows what it is to fall the sky
To fight like a man, and yes even to die

He fought with men, a special breed
True to their oath, the Paratrooper’s Creed
Those men of iron who have bonds to keep
With comrades below in graves so deep

He fought in the day and he fought at night
He killed in anger and he killed in fright
He buried his dead, and then wondered in awe,
“This killing of men, is this God’s law?”

A task he had, and hell would pay
before this trooper would quit day
So he kept on fighting and hunting V.C.

A warning to you, who laugh and scorn
This man did not fight for a cause forlorn
He’s done his job, more than his share
So beware of him when he enters your lair

This man means trouble for all your kind
You shirkers and cowards with sick soul and mind
Beware this temper that you do not burst
Because he’s a fighter from the 101st

This was written by Edward Dutchie Jr’s daughter for hi, please do not take as it was special written for him.