For those of you who have met and talked to our Viet Nam Brother, Big Ed Mueller at past reunions:
I got a call about noon today from an old Army friend, Jim Brown, with whom, I went through Basic and AIT. He had gotten a call from Sharon, Edward Mueller’s wife, sharing the news that Ed has just gone through a quadruple bypass heart surgery last Thursday and is now recovering at the VA Hospital on Almeda Road, just south of downtown Houston, Texas.
I called Ed to find him in good spirits and resting in his hospital room-240. Ed said he had been feeling bad and weak for the past few months and after his wife’s urging decided last week to get a checkup at the VA Hospital. He completely flunked his stress tests. After further testing, his doctor decided on Tuesday last week to go in and do a stint to relieve the blockage. But he discovered 4 blocked arteries, 100, 90, 80 and 40 percent blockage in each. He then scheduled the Quadruple bypass surgery for Thursday. Ed says his Doctor informed him that everything went as planned and that he should recover with no heart damage. Best news possible. Ed has always been a heavy smoker since Nam and says he’s finally stopped for good now. Ed said he may be released this weekend and will be a few months recovering.
Ed and I were both drafted, went through Basic and AIT together, and then went to Nam in April 69 to serve in the 82nd Airborne, Charlie Company, 1/508th, in the same platoon. I was an RTO humping a PRC25 for the Platoon leader while Ed carried an M79 grenade launcher in a squad. We both were reassigned to the 1st CAV after the 82nd went home in DEC 69. I went to 1/5 CAV to a squad where I server as Squad leader. Ed enlisted to get his MOS changed to become an MP. After I had ETS from Nam in June 70, Ed had to serve a few more years. He spent some time in Germany.
If anyone would like to say high and wish him get well, Ed’s room phone is 713-794-8164.
David Pool (Dallas)