UPNER, EDWARD CHARLES
Name: Edward Charles Upner
Rank/Branch: E6/US Army
Unit: Company B, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
Date of Birth: 09 November 1923 (Aurora OH)
Home City of Record: Anniston AL
Date of Loss: 05 December 1965
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 112552N 1063324E (XT690473)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Other Personnel In Incident: George J. Eisenberger; Morris F. Dibble (both
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.
REMARKS: KIA GND COMB - REMS NOT LOC - J
SYNOPSIS: PFC Morris Dibble and SSgt. Edward C. Upner were squad members of
a team lead by Sgt. George J. Eisenberger on a ground combat mission in Binh
Duong Province, South Vietnam on December 5, 1965.
The unit came under hostile fire from what was believed to be a Viet Cong
encampment, and in the first burst of fire, the three men were mortally
wounded. When the unit was able to withdraw from the combat area, it was not
possible to recover Dibble, Upner and Eisenberger.
When the enemy threat abated, the squad reentered the area in an attempt to
find the bodies, but they were gone. It was generally believed that they
were taken by the Viet Cong and probably buried, which was not at all an
uncommon thing to do. (Veterans note that the Viet Cong also seemed to make
it as hard as possible for the graves to be found).
The three members of Company B are listed among the dead, but because their
bodies were not recovered, they are also listed among the missing. Witnesses
felt certain that the three died on the day their unit was hit. Other cases
of the missing are not quite as clear, however. Many missing were known to
have been alive at last point of contact. Some were photographed as POWs.
Others even wrote home from POW camps, never to be heard from again.
Since the war ended, thousands of reports have been received that have
convinced many authorities that hundreds of Americans remain alive in
captivity in Southeast Asia. Perhaps Upner, Eisenberger and Dibble are not
among them. But one can imagine them proudly defending one last firebase for
George Joe Buck Eisenberger was an American Indian.