|This page is dedicated to all the veterans of the armed forces of the United States. Whether they died in combat or in bed of old age, we all owe them so much, because they bought our freedom for us.
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In Loving Memory of Those Who Served. . .
Listed in alphabetical order by last name.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Antonio A. Quetel Korea and WWII
By Ann Quetel, Las Vegas, NV
Left us June 14, 2003
Melvin Daryl "MICK" Quinn
By Terry "SKIPPER" Porter, USA
I am Terry "SKIPPER" Porter former Captain USMC 66-71 active duty & 71-77 active reserve. I went through OCS and The Basic School at Quantico, VA in 1968 with a man who became my best friend and brother. 1st Lt. Melvin Daryl "MICK" Quinn from Merced, CA was KIA on April 1, 1970. We were former enlisted marines who got picked up for OCS. He loved the Marine Corps and planned on making it his career. By his wife's request I was his personal body escort. I picked him up at San Francisco and flew him home to his wife and newborn son. He was laid to rest in the National Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas with full military honors. His name is located on Panel 12W, Line 73 on the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial - The Wall.
I wear a KIA bracelet with his name constantly to remind me and others of his sacrifice. My wife, Laurie "REDLITE", and I are the National Coordinators for RUN FOR THE WALL. We Ride In Freedom For Those Who Can't. It is an annual motorcycle ride from California to Washington, DC every memorial day (this was our 10th year). We ride to raise POW-MIA awarness, help healing and remind people of the sacrafice of all veterans. We had over 200 motorcycles with us last year. We joined with over 200,000 other bikers on Memorial Day Sunday for ROLLING THUNDER!
Master Sgt. Lemuel Rader
By Judy Mance, Dayton, Ohio
He served 26 months in Vietnam. He was my Big Brother and I will miss him always.
Felix Ragano (1923-1999)
By Raymond Ragano, Garner NC
In W.W.II he was captured and placed in Salag 12-A in Frankfort on the River Lahan. Were he spent six months of the most inhumane life you can think about, I can recall stories that would make you hair stand up. But he was a fighter knowing that he had to get home, he took all that they dish out all the time keeping his head up high. He was called (ROCKY) by his Army buddies, and that he was strong as a rock but a heart of gold. Liberated on March 23, 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He touched so many people just by his presents. There will be no other Ragano that can walk in his shoes. Uncle Phil you are deeply missed by all. You will never be forgotten. I lost my dad your brother but your loss is hurting real bad love ya Your nephew Ray
Salvatore S. Ragano 1920-1988
By Ray Ragano, Raleigh, NC
My dad was awarded the purple heart and the bronze star for his meritorious achievement in ground combat against the armed enemy during WW2 in the European African Middle Eastern theater of operations. Dad we all miss you so very much, we no that you are in a better place. You will never be forgotten. Until we meet again, love you your son Ray.
By Aurora Rajcevich, Batavia, Illinois
In loving memory of a wonderful husband and father of a 2 year old when he was killed in action on October 25th, 1944. He is buried in the American cemetery in Italy. He is always in our hearts and minds.
With everlasting love,
Aurora your wife, Mark, your son who you would be extremely proud of, and your grandchildren Mark and Greg.
PVT Maximiliano Ramirez
By Victoria Adams, Longwood, FL
Was killed Oct. 2, 1944 after securing the east edge of the Gremecey Forest in Germany, lives through his three surviving daughters. You were and still are our Hero dad.
Rainer Sylvester Ramos
By Robin Jackson, Port Orchard, WA USA
CWOW3/E4 Ramos was born on May 29, 1947. His home was in Bellingham, Wa. He was shot down in south Vietnam on January 9, 1968. You can find him on the Wall on Panel 34E- Row 10
Thomas Taylor Ramsay
By Thomas Lee Ramsay, Reedsville, WI USA
Thomas Taylor Ramsay US Navy World War1 Born 02/10/1900 died 02/-/1970 at Grand Jct. Co. Veterans Medical Center. Buried at veterans cemetery Grand Jct. Co. He was my father and he is missed alot. He volunteered many hours at the veterans hospital helping veterans. He was very instrumental in keeping the goverment from shutting the hospital down, it is still open todate, 12/07/99
Frederick J. Ransbottom
By Jack H. Cloud, U. S. Army 1966-1969, Tulsa, OK
2Lt Oklahoma City, OK 05-12-68
John Earl Rarich
By LuAnn Dent Everitt, Bartonsville, PA
Proudly served his country in the South Pacific during WWII. Was a hero to his family and everyone who knew him. His word was sufficient. Uncle Earl, we miss you and love you.
Sgt. Herbert Raskin
By Ryan Shapiro, Brooklyn, NY USA
My poppy deserves the biggest reward. he was not only a hero to his country, but to his family as well. A piece of history was lost when he died on June 24, 1997. HIs family will never forget his stories of WWII. Most of all his life will be remembered as one of a true hero.
Thank you poppy for your love and caring for your family and country.
Love and miss you, Your Grandson Ryan Shapiro & Family. R.I.P
By Ron Rasmussen, St. Cloud, FL USA
In memory of my Father, Seaman First Class Richard Rasmussen, U.S. Navy, World War 2. He was 17 when he went to fight for a country who had accepted his father who came here from Denmark 25 years earlier. He faught the war against cancer as bravely as the war against Japan. Sadly, he lost the fight on 25 Dec. 1979. You're always in my thoughts, dad.
LCpl Carl Ratcliff
By Ron McCormick, Fruitland Park, FL USA
I will never forget you guys. 1/5 Marines and Corpman who died March 20, 1989 near Pohang, Korea.
James Harold Rathbone
By Jo Anne Townley Poquoson, VA USA
Dear Dad, You have seen the prettiest sunsets, and sailed the calmest sea's even braved the roughest storms. A hero to us and a friend to many more. If only we known and paid attention to the signs, We would have told you that WE LOVE YOU just one more time. In sorrow and disbelief all of our family and friend's showed up to bid farewell to the greatest man that we have ever known, You are sailing your final voyage and what a beautiful sea it must be. Hats off until we meet again. To the worlds best Husband, Dad, Pappy, Son and Brother. We love and miss you very much. JULY 3, 1947 - FEBRUARY 8, 2000 Heart Attack
R. L. Rathbone
By Jo Anne Townley, Poquoson, VA USA
Pap Paw you have worked so hard all of your life you have served you country you got bronze star's, Distinguished unit badge as "Merrill's Marauders" and many many more. You were a excellent soldier an excellent Husband, Father, and farmer but most of all you were a excellent Pap Paw you taught me to drive a tractor and help in the garden, you see I could do no wrong In your eye's and you could do no wrong in mine. You are in heaven now a place that you have worked so hard to call yours. We love and miss you every moment of the day! Your loving family.
By Duane Rathe, Schaumburg, IL USA
He is my father and my hero, by his example, the basis for my belief in my God and my country. God bless all veterans and God bless the USA.
John W. Ratliff
By Larry Stanley
World War II Air Force veteran,died at age 76,Aug.15,1998 at his home.He was born in Pike Co.,KY.,June 4,1922,son of James R. and Lucy (Alley) Ratliff.Retired clerk C&O Railroad and a Kentucky Colonel.Buried: Ratliff Cemetery,Cowpen Road,Pikeville,KY.
SPC. Dennis M. Rattin
By Anthony P. Bucaro Jr., Bloomingdale, IL USA
This in Memory of Spc. Dennis M. Rattin who is one of the 600 American soldiers that is POW/MIA in LAOS. Dennis, you have been missing since 10/16/69 and even though we do not know each other, you are my brother. Dennis I will never rest till I find out what really happened to you because, you would do the same for me. You were prepared to be wounded or to die. You understood that you could be captured at any time. But, the thought that you would be abandoned by your own country probably never crossed your mind. Well, I haven't abandoned you brother... I will be there till the day I die for you.
born April 30,1895 at Piso, KY., died Oct.10,1967 Brushy Creek, Pike Co., Ky. Harrison Ray, veteran of WWI and retired merchant (Harrison's Store,Brushy Creek) was son of Joseph Ray & Margaret Maynard Stanley Ray. Harrison was married to Ivia Cline and had 5 children. Unknown daughter, Harrison Ray Jr., Phiness, Moses & Alpha Sesco. Harrison & Ivy ran a small country store in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Left Pike County one time in his life, to go over there!
SSG Ronald E. Ray
By S K Kesler, Winnie, TX USA
Ronny, a Green Beret, was listed MIA 13 November 69, was last seen 50 miles inside Laos. In the last letter he had written to our mother, days before she heard that he was MIA, 'that she need not worry because the Army taught him how to take care of himself'. She told me that "Ronny believes in what he is doing for his country". I am very proud of him.
Emil G. Raymond
By Charles Raymond, Louisville, Kentucky
A proud vet of WWII, Company D 345th Engineers. Rest in Peace Dad, I salute you, one soldier to another. You will not be forgotten.
Anthony J. Rea P.F.C. Army Air Corps
By Michael Rea, CN USA
You served your country from 1943-1945 then came home to lead the band... We Miss You
ABF1 AW Robert L. Read
By Debra Read, Chesapeake, VA USA
The time has come again, to go out to sea, standing on the pier I hold you close to me. As I hold you in my arms, I feel you start to cry. How I hate the days when we have to say good-bye. "I swore I wouldn't cry," You whispered in my ear, "it hurts me deep inside to know you won't be here." We share a kiss or two, though we never speak a word, our eyes, they say, "I love you" but the words are barely heard. As I turn to walk away, I kiss you one last time. I tell you, "I'll be home soon." you tell me, "I'll be fine". But a second lasts forever, when you're miles and miles apart. And nothing seems as lonesome as the beat of a sailors heart... My husband, my best friend, the father of our 2 beautiful daughters, and grandaughters left for deployment aboard the USS Independence on Sept. 4th, 1996 while stationed in Yokoska, Japan. That would be the last time I would ever see "Bob." He died of a massive heart attack on board the ship. We were married 21 beautiful years (17 years in the Navy) He's deeply missed. God bless all our men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Gary Lee Ream LCPL
By JoEtta A. Sollenberger, Mechanicsburg, PA USA
KIA: DaNang VietNam - November 3, 1966 Age: 20
Beloved Son of the Late Lois K. Ream and Beloved Brother of JoAnn, Duane, Wally, Alan and Jody. "You may be gone, but will never be forgotten."
Robert H Redd Sr.
By Bob Redd, Jacksonville, AR USA
To the best man I ever knew. Bob Redd 1921-1984. 1st Raider BN, on the Canal, New Georgia etc... WW2. He was so very strong until the end in Sept 1984 when he died from cancer. Never giving in, he won a golf tourney one week before he died. For those of you who know what it means he was at Bloody Nose Ridge on the canal. I am a Vietnam Vet, USMC 0311 68-69 and I have known some good men but no-one I have ever known had the honor and courage of Bob Redd my Dad. We miss him dearly.
SSG Errol J. Reddick
By Dan Fisher, Wilton, NY USA
My good friend E.J was born on Saturday, January 23, 1943, and passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 1990 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He was a Vietnam Veteran, and retired after 20 years of service, in 1987. I seerved with him in Service Battery, 6th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, 1984-1987. He is greatly missed!
Specialist 4th Class Charlie Reed, Jr.
By Harry T. Kiley, Arnold, PA USA
Arrived 'In Country' - 4 April '66 with HHB 25th Infantry Division Artillery Killed In Action - 5 April ' 66 on his way to Cuchi basecamp (23 years old from Woodville, Mississippi)
George Calvin Reed, M.D.
By Genelle Reed Themann, Versailles, KY USA
My Dad, George C. Reed, M.D., proudly served his country during WWII as a doctor attached first to General Eisenhower's staff in London, and then on the front lines in France. He was very proud of all of his service, and was expecially proud of being attached to the 101st Airborne support troops after the landing at Normandy. Dad returned from the war to finish his residency and then to start private practice in a small town in Kentucky (Versailles). He was the epitome of the old fashioned country doctor, making house calls, and even taking chickens, fresh produce, etc. for payment of services. Dad passed away last year, and has left a big empty space in the lives of his family. We miss him dearly. I could list the many achievements Dad received during his lifetime, but I think that he was most proud of the achievement of being a husband, father and grandfather. So, on this Veteran's Day, and every day, I thank you Dad, for protecting this great country by your service, and for being the very best Dad one could ever ask for. We love you and miss you!!
Harold Loyd Rees
By Robin Rees, Wichita, KS USA
Harold served the U.S. Navy on the USS Haverfield during WWII and Korea. He lost his life to cancer on January 28, 2000. He was 74. When Harold passed, this nation lost a devoted soldier, his family lost a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and God gained a devoted angel.
Daniel E Reeser
By Robin Reeser Lopez, Tonkawa, OK USA
I miss him so much and I have made a webpage in his memory the url is http://www.geocities.com/browneyes65_us/
Glenn C. Reeser
By Robin Reeser Lopez, Tonkawa, OK USA
My uncle Glenn was the greatest he was like a second dad to me!! My dad and uncle Glenn are together now in Heaven. I miss them both:(
MSgt Richard L. Reindle
By SFC Christopher Reindle, Fort Bragg, NC USA
"Your memory is what gives me hope. Be at rest, and know that you gave for all of those that couldn't. I miss you Dad...." 29 Dec 31 - 13 Oct 99
By John Scherer, Houson, TX USA
To a friend who is missed always! Looking towards the day that we will meet again on the otherside. Your Christian Brother and Coastie, John
Sergeant Sterling Reno
By Ann Harmon, Summerville, SC USA
Born in Blount County, Alabama on January 11th, 1916 died JUNE 7th, 1944 at Anzio Beachhead, Italy. My Uncle was killed in a foxhole with 6 of his comrades. He was raised by my mother, Mavis Louise Reno Smith after the death of his mother, Bertha Pearl McElvana Reno. He is the son of Henry Kye Reno of Alabama. He was buried with full military honors in Walker's Chapel Cemetery in Fultondale, Alabama. God Bless you Uncle Sterling for giving your life in honor of your country. You will live in the hearts and minds of your family forever. We love and miss you.
Sgt Anthony (Tony) Renzulli
By Les Simmons, Raytown, MO USA
Co "C", 54th Armored Div, 10th Armored Div, AUS. KIA November, 1944, Borg, Germany
William Ernest Repko Sr.
By Sandra Van Leeuwen, Salisbury Mills, NY
In rememberance for your service to your Country
BUCN James R. Retzloff, Jr.
By Bruce A. MacDougall, Midlothian, VA USA
U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 9, March 31, 1968 @ PhuLoc, RVN, a classmate in "BU" A school (Seabee training)
Richard T. Rhoads, Sr.
By Richard T. Rhoads, Jr., Sylvester, GA USA
M/SGT Richard T. Rhoads, Sr., USMC (RET). Served in China, Korean War, and two tours in VietNam (Chu Lai and Hue). Passed from this life on December 30, 1998, after a lengthy illness. Dad, your watch has been relieved... we will stand at ready 'til we meet again. Hai-Hai.
Hollis William Rhodus
By Carl Hollis Rhodus, Smith River, CA USA
Our father was past 70 when he passed away under very capable care in a Veterans Hospitial- He served on a destroyer escort during WWII- I will always be amazed how young they all were when they sacrificed so much to save our country-- they walked as if they were giants-- Thanks to all Veterans
Douglas P. Rich
By Sharon, FL USA
I've missed you since 1964. Even now I know that you will eventually be in the family place in Arlington, I miss you even more. Family and honour and jeolousy and loyalty and love. How do we ever decide; except by personal, quiet, secret reasons? Rest now my sweet dear brother,. Know that we are well except when we miss you most.
E. E. Richardson
By John H. & Robert R. Richardson, Thibodaux & Lacombe, LA
Enlisted 1943 and retired as E-8, 1967. Served with 2nd MarDiv, Eng. Co. as a flamethrower at Saipan, Tinian, and mop up at Okinawa. Last duty station USMCR Knoxville, Tenn. Died 1987. A Marine's Marine.
Charles William Richmond, Jr.
By Lucille Richmond, Pawcatuck, CT USA
Charlie served in World War II - he was a Corporal, and saw a lot of action. He never talked about it much, but always wanted to watch movies about the Battle of the Bulge. He was there, you see. When the end of the war came, he returned to civilian life, and got on with things. He joined The American Legion in his home town and served as its Commander several years, then went on to District and became District Commander, and a darned good one he was! He served in the Westerly, R. I. police reserves, then when we moved to Connecticut, he became a member of the Auxiliary State Police force. He also served as Commander of the American Legion Post in Pawcatuck, CT., with distinction. Following his retirement from Kellems Division of Harvey Hubbell, Inc., he served as a volunteer with the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and worked with them on many projects. Charlie, we will miss you forever, but will see you again one day. Love from us all.
SP4 Donald J Rice
By Stanley Rice, Gay, GA
Donald we rememeber the day that I took you to the Airport you have always been a part of our family as we keep your memory alive just wanted you to know that our sons David and Michael know you as an uncle. Love your little brother Stanley
George R Richter USN/USAF
By Your Son
06/01/26-01/24/78. I wish to thank you, dad, for having you when I was going through those hard times. Very few sailors can say their dad also served on board the Coral Sea, and I did so proudly. Your son.
Walter Arthur (Sparky) Rick
By Kevin W. Rick, Sugar Grove, IL USA
This commentary is submitted in memory of my loving father (WALTER ARTHUR RICK) EMC-1, US NAVY. Walter served aboard the USS LST 272, LST 865 and APC 48 during WWII in the Pacific and the LSMR 412 during the Korean conflict. Walter ended his US Navy career as Chief Petty Officer (Electrician). My father saw action in the Marshall Islands, Tarawa, Japan, Phillipine Islands, Marianas Islands, Guam, Saipan and Kwajalein Atol during WWII and was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict and served on a rocket launcher ship in Korea. After the Korean conflict, Walter served as an instructor for newly recruited Naval Electricians at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois. Walter was awarded many medals during his enlistment with the US Navy. Following, WWII and Korea, he served as Commander for his American Legion Post in Chicago, IL. Dad: you were never and will never be forgotten. You were a hell of an Electrician and Engineer and you taught me well. I've followed your footsteps during my career! You would be proud! I'm trying to preserve your piece of history in this great country that you faught so hard for. Go Navy! We miss you very much Dad (Sparky)! You were my mentor, teacher, best friend and most of all my father. I'll never forget you! From your loving son and best friend: Kevin Walter Rick
SP4 Clarance H. Rickards
By Elva Williams US Air Force 308 TFS Viet Nam
Born June 20, 1946 killed in action in Tay Ninh, Viet Nam February 26,1967... Clarence was a former jock that was a very great pole vaulter, but who was even a better friend..He tried his best to teach me many a day how to pole vault but i had two left feet when it came to pole vaulting.. He was someone that you could always count on to be there if you need a friend.. He was very dependable and reliable person.. Gone but not forgotton.. Rest in Eternal Peace...
AMM3/c Jacob E. Ricketson
By Elaine Ricketson Danks, North Hampton, NH USA
In honor of my beloved father, who was killed in action on April 7, 1945 when the torpedo-bomber in which he was the gunner, based aboard the USS Hornet, was shot down in the East China Sea during the attack on the Japanese super-battleship Yamato during the battle for Okinawa. He was just 22 years old, and his baby daughter was left with a daddy-sized hole in her heart that has never gone away.
"A Fallen Hero"
the word goes out throughout the land,
a fallen hero comes this way.
Be still, O seas! Be silent, wind!
All creatures in a solemn vigil stand.
A whispered sigh swells and wings into space
past far-flung stars that gaze, forlorn;
while in somber clouds puffed with tears,
an ashen sun sinks to bury its face.
Though monuments be raised and tributes paid,
such meager words offend the deed
of him whose youth and dreams, and life
on Freedom's altar were so early laid.
with reverence we meet this day
his death to mourn, his life to bless. Hearts beat the cadence of his name.
a fallen hero comes this way.
~ Elaine Ricketson Danks (written for the commemoration service for my dad held at Arlington National Cemetery in August 1999)
Richard "Cheyenne" Richter
By Doc, Lehigh Valley, PA USA
"Brother, you may be gone, but you'll never be forgotten. The world changed because you were in it."
George Wallece Rider
By Camden Rider, Longview, WA USA
Thanks grampa for fighting for our country even tough I never even knew you.
William Stewart Ries
By George D. Brown, Coventry, RI USA
PFC. William Stewart Ries
Panel # 05 East
Line # 031
Nick Name Coney
Friend, Brother, A Marine I was proud to serve with and be able to call Brother and Friend. We will be together again, I miss you
Rick L. Rice
By Rickey Skirvin, Indianapolis, IN USA
I was named after my Mom's brother Rick L. Rice who was mortally wounded in the Rebublic of Vietnam and received a bronze star for his actions in directing U.S. troops to the point of the firing. I am proud that I was named after a Vietnam Veteran and I wear my name with honor, so much so that I also named my son after this great man. Sadly, my uncle passed away two days before Christmas 2000. He achieved many great rewards in life, he saved the life of a drowning child in a lake near his Kentucky home. He stopped a kidnapping of a young girl by two men trying to take her to Florida. This was a great man. A great father to his children. A great grandfather. A great patriot. A great warrior. I am proud to carry his name.
Loren C. Riggs
By Janet Denson – Lockesburg, AR, Susan Riggs – Fort Worth Texas
Our Dad was a wonderful person and until the day he passed he was a dedicated military person. Having served in World War II and Korea he retired after serving 23 years. He was honored shortly after retiring as an Honorary Recruiter. His loyalty and honor should not go unforgotten or unrecognized.
Howard Walter Riker
By Gene A. Goldman Sr., Albuquerque, NM
A very hard working & dedicated man who served during the KOREAN WAR.
By Arlene Hutchison, Las Vegas, Nevada
Love you and miss you dad always and forever. You were and always will be my hero as all our brave service men are to me. God Bless you and all our men. Semper Fi!
1Lt. Kevin A. Rinard KIA 4/24/71
By William "Bill" Kimbrell, Walhalla, SC USA
In Honor of All My Fallen Brothers. Thank you for your ultimate "Jungle Cut."
By Craig Rizzo, Bethel Park, PA USA
Any Marine who gives his life for his platoon and his country deserves far more than remembrance. I only wish I could have known him.
James R. Roach, Sgt 1st Class
By Jack W. Hanson, Sr, Ret SSGT USAF, Wenatchee, WA USA
You are saddly missed by all your loveones.
Boruff G. Robert
Taken June 13,2000 served U.S. Army, he was a member of the masonic lodge in Indiana and Bradenton Fla. he was a postal carrier in Bradenton Fla, taken too soon, missed by all Beloved Husband of Joan, Loving son, father, and grandfather, Loved by all, until we meet again, God needed another angel in heaven. Your niece, Kathy
Bernard L. Roberts, Sr. (1919 - 2000)
By Debra J. Roberts, Savannah, Georgia
Veteran of WWll at Anzio. Received Purple Heart. He was a patriot, my dad, my hero, my country's hero
Buck Roberts 101st Airborn
By Jessica Ramey, Harrah, OK
As a brave soldier and after the Vietnam war, a knowledgable EMT, he died too young and left behind all the people who loved him the most. He will be greatly missed and everybody who got the know him was very lucky! We all love you, Uncle Buck!
SMSgt Robert J. Roberts
By Peggy McDaniel, Portland, OR USA
"BobBob" as family and friends sometimes referred to him, was lost to us on 22 Nov 96 in the Crash of King 56, an AFRC HC-130P assigned to the 939 Rescue Wing, Portland, OR. A finer man you could never hope to meet. He not only was the Chief Flight Engineer of his unit but a distinguished Portland Police Officer as well. Bob was my sweetheart and not a day goes by that he is not in my thoughts as well as those of his family. Bob, you will never be forgotten and you where taken from us way to soon.
Russell G. Rodgers
By Steven C. Ingram, Cabot, Arkansas
Russell was lost, but not forgotten, aboard the submarine S-44 on 7 October 1943. We love you, Russell
By Steven Terrell, Sr., Knoxville, IA USA
Home Town: Ottumwa, Iowa
Killed in ation: Wednesday, December 20, 1967
Age: 18 years old
Time in Country: 1 month.
Paul Tim Robinson
By Matthew Robinson
My father died on the sixth of July 2000. He was a veteran of Vietnam and died of lung cancer. He smoked but we believe that in part his cancer was caused by agent orange which he was exposed to in Vietnam. He served his country with honor.
By Darrin Robirds, Lucasville, Ohio
I wish to honor my grandfather Lewis Robirds who served in World War 1 during 1917-1918, 1st Pioneer Infantry, Attached to 1st Inf. Div. who fought many battles in Northern France. Thank you to all who have served.
Edwin "Rocky" Rockeman
By Almario Rosario
I met him here in Los Angeles in 1997. He passed away 31 December 1999. Missing tombstone.
TSgt Jose Rodriguez
By Jack W. Hanson, Sr., (Ret SSgt), Wenatchee, WA USA
Home: Los Cruces, NM Murdered at Holloman AFB NM. You are missed by your fellow Security Police buddies. Will always remember our trip to Mexico.
Maj. Charles E. (Bud) Rogers USAF KIA/BNR
By Kimberly Rogers Hunter, Altamonte Springs, FL, USA
Daddy was stationed in Pleiku and was declared KIA/BNR on 4 May 1967, shot down while piloting an A1E over southern Laos. The crash site (Grid XB915234, Sanamxai District, Attapu Province, Laos) was surveyed on 27 Jan 1993 (DOD case 0668) and we still don't have any answers, as they have not excavated the site yet. Too many unanswered questions and too many lies for the past 32 years, when do I get the truth and closure? Until that time Daddy, I miss you greatly and so do the grandchildren who never had the chance to know you, especially your grandson Travis who is now older than I when I lost you. May you rest in peace until the day we meet again. Your little Princess, Kim.
James D. Rogers
By Joyce Rogers Stubblefield, Knoxville, TN USA
I was 6 yrs old when I last saw you you were 17 I have so many good memories of a wonderful brother
Kenneth L. Rogers
By Gregory N. Rogers, Tuolumne, CA USA
Kenneth L. Rogers b. 27 Feb 1923, d. 03 Sep 1999. SeaBee WWII. Served with valor and pride.
A tribute to his service for our country in its time of need.
By Vada (Rogers) Long, Terre Haute, IN USA
Loyd Rogers who did his duty in WWII. You are always in my heart grandpa and I wish you were here to play with your 3 great grand-daughters. I love you, Vada
By Calvin M Rogers, Rock Hill, SC
Killed in Korea-1950.
Durward Warner Rollins
By Rhoda (formally) Rollins, Shoreham, VT
In Honor of my father, who gave his life for his country in France on Jan. 8, 1945. I was only 6 months old and would love to have known you--people say I am so much like you. God Bless you and all the others who have given their life for our country. If anyone served with you I would love to hear from them.
Sgt. William Rollins member of Co. E 345th-87th
By Mr. James Hennessey, Bayonne, NJ USA
Sgt Rollins was WIA Feb 26-1945-Died March 5-1945
CPL Hugh J. Ronneberg
By Martha Ronneberg Whelan, Ottumwa, Iqwa
I think of you often. After all these years, you are always with us in spirit. I will treasure your letters and will pass them on. I will cherish the memories of our childhood.
Your Sister, Martha
Leo E Rooney Jr.
By Cathy J Jones
My father Leo E Rooney Jr. was in war world II he was a on USS Bucahan DD-484 1941/ 1942 he died May 4th 1995. We miss him so.
PFC Daniel Reuben Roote ASN 32836553, Anti Tank Co. 179 Infantry, 45 Division
By Cecil A. Roote, Wellsburg, NY USA
Uncle Dan sacrificed his life on January 3, 1945 in France during the Battle of The Buldge. He is buried in Epinal, France.
"We will endeavor never to forget the sacrifice you made in our behalf. In your honor, we pledge to be true to the causes for which you willingly gave your life. The Root Family."
By Patrick Romero, Mora, NM USA
A man who had God in his heart, his country was he so proud of. He loved his family more than anything. They were fist before himself. We love you. A flag will fly on your memory in Mora NM.
Eugene C. De Rosa
By Donald Vaccaro, Piscataway, NJ USA
My uncle Eugene C. De Rosa was KIA Oct.7, 1951 at Inchon, Korea. He was only 18 years old and didn't even have time to live his life yet. But he loved his Country and wanted to go and do his duty. When the telegram came to my Grandmothers house informing us that he was Killed in Action is a moment in life that could never and will never escape me. To this day we haven't ever gotten any of the Medals he deserves except the Purple Heart. We still haven't got his Combat Badge and Ribbons for Korea.
Jackie Bud Rose
By one of the 16 Rose`s
One of 16 childern, from a family that had seven brothers in the usn -2 in ww2 --5 Korea-a nephew during the Cuban crisis-- a niece (d.)served in 80`s-- myself in Viet Nam and our father in WW1-my son in Desert Storm--Jackie was put into harms way during an h-bomb test in 1955 while stationed on the Destroyer DD786 Richard B. Anderson --our wonderful brother Jackie Bud lived for one year and a half with the most awesome disease one could ever imagine and yet he was the strongest of our whole family, what a strong constitution he had, he was so brillant and full of life always working; most cleanest human I ever met, he set the ultimate lifestyle for me in his manner.--- so much pain have our fellow fallen comrades taken ---I say please to the residents of this country the great USA give and live more respect to those have given this great freedom to you and me--what a price and yet these that have crossed over the bar would do it again I beleive. To my fellow Americans strive to meet the goal ---hi up there Jackie we love you and someday we will be together forever in a boquet of 16 Roses
Maj. Ward A. Rose
By Charles Rose, Shreveport, LA USA
In honor of my father, Maj. Ward A. Rose USAF
Served with 342nd Bomb Squadron, 97th Bomb Group WWII
POW in Stalag Luft 3
John Louis Rosman S1C USNR
DOB: December 24, 1913 DOD: December 24, 1943 USS LEARY DD-158 Atlantic Theater entered service from Minnesota: We remember you Grandfather through your shipmates whom shared their stories. "We will not forget" nor the men whom came home with the burden of Memories. God Bless all whom served.
John L. Rosman to be honored at home May 3, 2002, your only daughter's 60th birthday. Welcome home!
Your only granddaughter,
Joesph C. Ross
By Casey Ross, Kalispell, MT USA
My father and hero was a veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Lying to get into the Marines at the age of 15, he was Semper Fi till his passing in 1996 of cancer. He always considered himself lucky to have lived to defend our Nation three times, and quite sure he would have done it again. He fought any battle -any where, the only way he knew how... like an American. I can only hope that Randy's, Mike's, and my time in "boots" did you proud. One hell of a ride, Dad.
Lt. Joseph S. Ross
By Patricia Gordon, Tucson, Arizona
Joe was a great friend to many and a flying mentor to me. He perished under abnormal circumstances and remains MIA, having been called out on a mission on August 1, l968 at about 10:30 p.m. in an F104. He was shot down in North Vietnam and his wing man ( who did not stick around) indicated that there had been an explosion and presumed him dead. Documents found in the 80's indicated that he may have lived in captivity upwards of 2 years. He was the ultimate friend, supporter to many, and quick to jump to the defense of the underdog. I adored him and always seek information that brings clarity to his death. I believe he was shot down with William Thompson. As in all cases it was a tragedy. We will miss him forever. Any information is always appreciated. Pat
Kenneth F. Rossman
By Lisa, Morton, IL USA
This gentle, brave man served in Veitnam. He was my father. He survived the long bitter war that gave us freedom. He had passed away on July 14, 1999. He died of cancer. I miss him everyday and I will never forget what he did. My father had earned not 1 but 2 Purple Hearts. This man was my father and I will never forget him.
Frank D. Roth World War II Veteran
By Corinne Laboon, Pittsburgh, PA USA
Fondly remember by Francine, Rosemary, John, Corinne & Christine
Keith F. Roth
By Brenda Roth, Waterloo, Iowa
This is for my father and my hero Keith F Roth, he served in the WW II and received a purple heart while serving. He was the greatest father ever and truly will be missed. He passed away April 21,2010 he went to heaven to be with his lovely wife Maxine and son Dan. Dad you will be missed but know your in a better place.
By Joan P. Silver, Boca Raton, FL USA
Served his country proudly and relived memories of his Army days and experiences until his death at age 79 in April of 1999. He is survived by myself (his daughter), a son, 3 grandchildren and 6 greatgrandchildren.
Joseph Rouse, SSGT
By Audery Santana, CDR., NC, USN, Jacksonville, FL
You Left One Day
Oh, how I love you so
So much that you will never know
You left one day without a word to say and for you I will forever pray
You left one day in a quiet way as we sat hurting watching you slip away
If your life were in my hands I know I would have taken a selfish stand
I would not have let you go, because you were the one to encourage me to grow
The choice was yours to find forever peace
but remember the love you left behind was permanent and not on lease
You were not just another soldier going home
honor, courage & commitment were your song
Yes, you left on my birthday which I have always known, a day I will never forget
because it will forever and always be etched in stone....love and miss you Dad...
Earl Emanuel Rowe 1st Marine Div, WW11 Pacific War Zone
By Mae Blanche Skews, Napier, New Zealand
In memory of a loved Dad. I will never forget you. He passed away Dec 28 1990. Love you always
Billy Duane Roy
By Don Jolliff, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Boatswain's Mate Billy Duane Roy was KIA 18 Aug 1968. He was a crewmember onboard A-112-3 in the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam. His boat was part of Task Force TF 117 of Task Group RIVRON 11. He died while missing but his body was recovered. He had served five months of a one year tour. One can find his name on The Wall at Line 47 Panel 48W.
Cletus D. Royal
By Matthew C. Royal, Colorado Springs, CO USA
For Cletus D. Royal
Sergeant First Class
United States Army Retired (Deceased)
Service during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam
Born: 23 December, 1926 in LaValle, MO
Died: 7 February, 1997 in Remond, WA
My "True" Hero.
The blood in his veins flowed Army Green. I am proud to say that he is my hero. My short time in the Army could never compare to his time and I can never fill his shoes, but I am proud to admit that we share the same blood of Army Green.
I love you and miss you, Dad!
Matthew C. Royal
SGT/E-5 Discharged 10/21/91
Operation Just Cause (Panama)
Operation Desert Storm
James Milan Rozo Sergeant, U.S. Army
By Michael Murphy, Alameda, CA USA
I never knew James, my mother wore his POW/MIA bracelet for years. He is from Buffalo, NY I am also, James was captured in SVN one month before I went to boot camp. I came back home, James has not.. He is not forgotten! He has paid a high price for our freedom, walk in peace brothers.
Robert Stephen Ruch
By Pearl Lance, Bethlehem, PA USA
He gave his life a dedicated Marine. October 30, 1967 Da Nang Charlie Company
CPL Robert C. Runge
By Duane Bozic, Sunnyvale, CA USA
It has been over 30 years since my brother Rob was KIA 11-23-70 in Quang Ngai province of South Vietnam. He was 20 years old. He was in the 11th Light Infantry Brigade. It was a long time time ago, but it still feels like yesterday. I remember the morning he was shipping out for overseas. He was dressed in his tan kakis. I hunged him and he said,"When I get back, I am going to buy me a corvette." I still miss him very much. I have have dreams of him as clear as day. We are all proud of you. We love and miss you very much. Your in our thoughts forever Robert.
Lloyd Brooks Russell
By Toni Russell Hamilton, Ennis, TX USA
My father Lloyd Brooks Russell was in WWII and he died at the age of seventy one years of age. I am so proud of my father. He kept the red cross vehicles running to help save our troops. He was in the 2nd Armored Division, Hell On Wheels. I miss my father dearly but I know he was part of the process for making the United States a land of the free. Daddy I love You
Brian Anthony Russo
By Lois, W. Wareham, MA
In memory to my husband who died August 2003, as a result of agent orange related cancer. I was proud to have his name and memory honored at the "In-Memory" ceremony in Washington, DC held every year the third Monday in April. A plague has been erected near the wall which reads "In Memory of the Men and Women who Served in the Vietnam War and Later Died As a Result of Their Service. We Honor and Remember Their Sacrifice."
George Wesley Rutherford
By Lisa K. Rutherford Church, Moravian Falls, NC USA
George W. Rutherford July 28, 1933 - October 21, 2000--Served proudly in Vietnam -Retired after 25 years of service to North Carolina where he died after a three year battle with Leukemia. Leaving behind his wife, one daughter, two sons, one granddaughter and one grandson. You are remembered every day of our lives. Thank you for being there for me Grandpa -even if it was only for a short 7 months--I'll remember you in my pictures of us together.--Codey Weston
Larry Jay Ryan
By Laura Ryan, Winter Haven, FL USA
Larry Ryan died 21 November 2000, at the age of 51, from hepatitis/liver failure, a service connected disease. Larry was wounded twice in Vietnam. He received a blood transfusion and that, ultimately cost him his life. He received two purple hearts and a silver star.
John L. Ryder Captain USAF
By Cheralyn Maturi, Chisholm, MN USA
John Leslie Ryder, born July 5, 1946, hometown: Chisholm, Minnesota. Graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1968. Captain Ryder lived a few miles north of me. After he was reported missing, his parents set up ham radio equipment and spent hours in contact with overseas operators in search of their son. They spent the rest of their lives searching for information that might bring their son home. Sadly his parents have passed away, never having found out for sure whether or not their son was alive or dead. I have adopted Captain Ryder and hope to carry on their search for the truth about their son. I wish I could have known him personally, he was very well-liked in our little hometown. If anyone out there knew Captain Ryder, please let me know. You can see a photo of him next to his plane at: http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/6702/ryderpic.html God Bless you all and my sincere thank you for my freedom.
Sgt. Paul David Ryder 1947-1999
By Jenny M. Frankl, Wahpeton, ND USA
Sgt. Ryder served in Vietnam from 1965-1968. He has a 20 month old daughter that will never get to know him, but 3 sisters and I that will help her with our memories that we have of her father. He was a caring, understanding and very active in helping people with any problem that they faced.
Richard (Dick) Ryder Corpsman at Tarawa
Pulled 16 wounded marines from first wave on bulkhead. Wounded and developed hysterical amnesia sent to Newfoundland for six months. Died 21 June 1998 after 45 years as criminal defense attorney. The effect of this battle never left him. He would cry out "Corpsman" in his sleep throughout his adult life. I miss you Dad and I now understand
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