Ed Eaton: Honor Returned

“The stench was overwhelming.”

Using an M16 with a broken stock, a starlight scope and an M14, Ed Eaton fought off an unknown number of enemy in the middle of an unknown rice patty in an unheralded little part of the Vietnam War.  In the process, he save the lives of his commanding officer and comrades after their helicopter went down from enemy fire.

Unwilling to leave others behind, Eaton repeatedly put accurate fire downrange, holding off a significantly larger force.  Eaton himself was injured:  multiple gunshot wounds and a broken back.  Yet, he was the last to leave the field, and because of his willingness to risk his own life for his brothers, others now live.

Thank you for your service Sergeant Eaton.

You can see this full video, plus others like it at the NRA’s Life of Duty.

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About Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, police trainer and really bad joke teller. Check out his other writing in Combat Handguns, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, on The Firearm Blog and at BlueSheepdog.


  1. I had read about this action before, but it still inspires awe and admiration. Thank you Sgt. Eaton!

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