Edward Gleasons’ Iron Guard SOG knife that was issued to him on his third tour in Vietnam. The item was manufactured in Japan under contract by an unidentified front company and supplied to Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Liaison Officers. The individuals fulfilled specific request for items required by clandestine organizations that were operating in the South East Asian Theater.
Edward J. Gleason Jr. served five tours in Vietnam. His first tour was in 1965 with the 173rd Airborne Division. He returned in 1967 with 5th Special Forces Group (SFG (ABN)) assigned to A-104, Hai Tong. Gleason’s third tour was in with Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MAC V SOG). Ed’s fourth tour was in 1970 – 1971 with MAC V SOG, OPS-34 A and B (Pike Hill and Earth Angel Programs) as an Agent Handler. His final tour was in 1972 with 1stSFG assigned to Individual Training Command (ITG) / Forces Armee Nationale Khmer (FANK Training Command)).
Sergeant Major (E-9) Gleason retired from the Army in April 1991 after thirty-two years’ service with forty eight months in Vietnam.