Ed Keeble was killed in action in Vietnam on February 28, 1969. A Marine helicopter
pilot, he died when his craft was hit by enemy ground fire in the A Shau Valley just south
of the DMZ.

Ed came to Princeton from Deerfield Academy. An English major, he found time for
lacrosse and the “good men” he valued so highly. “Keeble-Ed,” as his friends often
called him, lived in Patton Palace and was a member of Cannon Club, where he was
elected president his senior year.

A member of the Semper Fidelis Society while at Princeton, Ed wanted to be a good
Marine pilot when he graduated. After completing basic training at Quantico, he went to
flight school at Pensacola. He married Alice Orr (“Happy”) Collins on March 4, 1967,
while still in flight school. He did well in flight school and, given his choice, decided on
helicopters. Temporarily assigned to New River, North Carolina, Ed was ordered to
Vietnam last August.

Ed was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on March 20.
To Ed’s wife and family the Class extends its deepest sympathy.


A memorial scholarship has been established in Ed’s name at Deerfield. Any classmate
who wishes to contribute may send a donation to the Edwin Augustus Keeble, Jr.
Scholarship, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Massachusetts. (PAW, July 1,1969)