Another soldier has come home.
More than 60 years after an early Korean War battle, Sgt. 1st Class Edris “Eddie” A. Viers is returning home to Iowa.
Viers, a 32-year old Swan, Iowa native serving with Battery A, 555th Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, was last seen Aug. 12, 1950 as his unit engaged with North Korean forces near Pongam-ni, Republic of [South] Korea in what became known as the “Battle of Bloody Gulch.” During the fighting, enemy forces overran the 90th and 555th Field Artillery Battalions, inflicting heavy casualties on U.S. forces.
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The other day, I was asked if Bobby Washkowiak, the main character in War Remains, was based on a real person. Bobby is based on all the men who come home.
Welcome home, Sgt. 1st Class Viers.
Rest in Peace, Sir.