CSM Edgar Britt was born on 12 October, 1931 in Chelsea, MA. On 14 January, 1949, he enlisted in the Regular Army. Then, Britt received basic training at Fort Dix, NJ with the 9th Infantry Division, 60 FA Bn, and Advance Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Bliss, TX with the 8th AAA (AW) Bn SP. His first duty station was at Fort Custer, and Camp Lucas, MI, respectively.
During the Korean War, CSM. Britt served as an Automatic WPNS Crewman AAA. Then, he reenlisted to attend Airborne School. After successfully earning his Airborne Wings on August 1955, he was assigned to perform duties at the 80th AAA Bn (AW) SP, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. In 1658, CSM. Britt received orders to go to Germany, and to serve with the 94th and 5th AAA (AW) Bn Sp. After being reassigned with the 1st GUN Bn, 59th Artillery at Fort Bliss, TX, he reenlisted for the Special Forces in may 1960, and served with the group for over 13 years.
During the course of his career, CSM. Britt carried a huge amount of responsibilities. The Following are some of the duties performed as Chief Firing Section, Anti-aircraft Artillery:
- Special Forces Team Sergeant A and B Detachment 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th Special Forces.
- Operations SGT C-Det A-Co 6th SF.
- Operations SGT Support Element Son Tay Raid, Nov, 1970.
- (1972-1974) ROTC Instructor (Spartian Program) at Florida Souther College, Lakeland, FL.
- (1974-1977) Commander Sergean Major with the 78th Eng. Bn, and the 7th Engineer Bde. in his second tour to Germany.
- (1977-1979)Commander Sergeant Major with the 31st ADA BDE, Homestead Airforce Base, Florida.
Among overseas assignments, CSM. Britt served in Germany , and Vietnam twice, Dominican Republic once, and 4 other classified countries with the Special Forces Groups. His airborne qualifications are Master Jumper (1963), Halo (1963), US Navy Scuba Diving Badge (1962). After a remarkable military career, CSM. Britt retired at Fort Bragg, NC. on 31 October, 1981 with the 3-68 ADA (IHAWK) Bn, 18th ABN CORP.
Presently, CSM. Edgar Britt is the chairman of the Space Coast All Airborne Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association. He is also a member of the American Legion, Post 189, and has active membership in the Son Tray Raid Association. He has been happily married to his lovely wife Helen for thirty seven years. They got married at Fort Bragg, NC. The Britt’s have two daughters and one son, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. His working hobby is in intarsia and mosaic wood workcraft.