Edward Bruce Trexler was born on 6 May 1949 in Allentwon, PA. He graduated Camp Hill High School in 1967. He attended Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics from September 1967 to January 1969, graduated with Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant License and Federal Communications License / with Associate of Technology. In February 1969 he received his draft notice and on 18 April 1969 enlisted in US Army, training as a helicopter repairman. By February 1971, he was assigned to the 173rd Assault Helicopter Company, 223rd Combat Aviaition Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade in Vietnam. On 11 March 1971, Specialist Five Trexler was assigned as a member of an aircraft assisting in the recovery of other downed aircraft when his own aircraft was hit by intense enemy anti-aircraft fire and crashed soon afterwards. After Specialist Trexler provided crucial on-the-spot assistance to one of the injured pilots, he gathered up the remaining members of his crew and led them on a march through hazardous enemy occupied terrain toward the nearest friendly position. Such critical and quick action on the part of Specialist Trexler assured the safe return of his military comrades to their own unit. For his dedicated and heroic actions on this date, Specialist Five Edward Trexler was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1983, he received Warrant Officer position with Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (EAATS), Fort Indiantown Gap, PA. WO Trexler served as Simulator Operator and Instrument Instructor. In 1990, He began training National Guard Enlisted/Pilots on UH-60A/L helicopters. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Edward Trexler retired from from the US Army in October 1999.
Folowing retirement from the Army, CW4(R) Trexler began working in the Utility Helicopter Project Office Redstone Arsenal with Foreign Military Sales and in 2005 moved to the UH-60 Recapitalization Program as Technical Lead. He remained in this position until February 2018 when he again retired. Edward and his wife of 45 years currently reside in Madison, Alabama.