Name: Edward Jay Rykoskey
Rank/Branch:  E3/US Marine Corps
Unit: L/3rd Recon Battalion, 3rd Marine Division
Date of Birth: 11 May 1946
Home City of Record: Carlisle PA
Date of Loss: 18 August 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 160338N 1081218E (AT819613)
Status in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Refno: 0434
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from one or more
of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated
by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2020.


SYNOPSIS: Edward Rykoskey graduated from Carlisle High School in 1964, and
joined the Marine Corps rather than wait to be drafted. The second year of
his enlistment was to be spent in Vietnam, where he was shipped early in

On August 18, 1966, with four months of his tour left, Edward served as the
radio man for a reconnaissance patrol consisting of four men which went out
in the Da Nang area. Returning to Da Nang, the patrol was ambushed. Three
men survived, and reported that Edward Rykoskey did not. Search parties were
sent out to find Rykoskey's body, but after three or four days, they stopped
looking. Edward was originally classified Killed In Action, status changed
to Missing In Action, and later back to Killed in Action.

Whether Rykoskey lived or died that day in August 1966 will not be known for
certain until there is proof positive of his death or survival. The U.S. and
the Vietnamese have yet to determine the formula which would successfully
resolve the questions that linger about the nearly 2500 Americans who did
not return from the war in Vietnam.

Tragically, there have been over 10,000 reports received concerning
Americans still alive in Southeast Asia, many in captivity. While the rest
of America tries to forget the war in Vietnam, these men, and their friends
and families cannot. We must bring them home. They are America's sons.



POW/MIA observance Sept. 17

By: Duane Crawford - Contributing Reader September 06, 2004

Other than birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, patriotic days and a few
other dates, there are certain days in everyone's life that can never be
forgotten. Each year our nation marks the third Friday in September as
POW/MIA Remembrance Day. Along with the thousands of families still missing
from America's wars, I will pause to remember. August 18, 1966, and the days
that followed will forever be etched in my mind.....

Several years ago his mother, Mary, while at a POW-MIA ceremony, hugged me and asked, "Bob, will I ever find out if Eddy is still alive? Will I ever see ...





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Lance Corporal Edward Jay Rykoskey, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps from Pennsylvania, served with Company C, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. On August 18, 1966, he was part of a four-man reconnaissance team inserted deep into enemy territory in Da Nang Province, South Vietnam, for a multi-day patrol mission. The team encountered a group of Viet Cong guerillas. Lance Corporal Rykoskey was killed instantly in a rapid exchange of gunfire, and his fellow patrol members could not recover his body as they withdrew from the area. A large force later returned to the area and spent five days looking for LCpl Rykoskey's remains, but were unsuccessful. Today, Lance Corporal Rykoskey is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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