Ringate, Wayne, HM1

Hospital Corpsman
 
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
HM-8478-Advanced Biomedical Equipment Technician
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1986-1988, HM-8478, NMC Norfolk
Previously Held NEC
GMG-0000-Gunner's Mate Guns
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
HM-0000-Hospital Corpsman
HM-8479-Basic Biomedical Equipment System Technician
Service Years
1967 - 1988
HM-Hospital Corpsman
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

Career Counselor Gun Captain (pre-1969) US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club


 Military Association Memberships
American LegionVietnam Veterans of America (VVA)Veterans of the Vietnam WarVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
Mobile Riverine Force AssociationChapter 1
  1993, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2003, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2003, Veterans of the Vietnam War [Verified]
  2004, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2005, Mobile Riverine Force Association [Verified]
  2009, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 1 (Member) (Ft Snelling, Minnesota) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2009, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 39 (Member) (Coon Rapids, Minnesota) [Verified] - Chap. Page


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Order of the Silver Rose
   

 Remembrance Profiles -  6 Sailors Remembered
  • Diamond, Danny, SN
  • Metke, Robert, CPO
  • Ryan, Robert, PO3, (1967-1971)
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Vietnam War
Start Year
1960
End Year
1973

Description
Overview of the Vietnam War 


Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or whether it was a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.

Summary:

Between 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese waged an anti-colonial war against France, which received $2.6 billion in financial support from the United States. The French defeat at the Dien Bien Phu was followed by a peace conference in Geneva. As a result of the conference, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam received their independence, and Vietnam was temporarily divided between an anti-Communist South and a Communist North. In 1956, South Vietnam, with American backing, refused to hold unification elections. By 1958, Communist-led guerrillas, known as the Viet Cong, had begun to battle the South Vietnamese government.

To support the South's government, the United States sent in 2,000 military advisors--a number that grew to 16,300 in 1963. The military condition deteriorated, and by 1963, South Vietnam had lost the fertile Mekong Delta to the Viet Cong. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson escalated the war, commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and committing ground forces--which numbered 536,000 in 1968. The 1968 Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese turned many Americans against the war.

The next president, Richard Nixon, advocated Vietnamization, withdrawing American troops and giving South Vietnam greater responsibility for fighting the war. In 1970, Nixon attempted to slow the flow of North Vietnamese soldiers and supplies into South Vietnam by sending American forces to destroy Communist supply bases in Cambodia. This act violated Cambodian neutrality and provoked antiwar protests on the nation's college campuses.

From 1968 to 1973, efforts were made to end the conflict through diplomacy. In January 1973, an agreement was reached; U.S. forces were withdrawn from Vietnam, and U.S. prisoners of war were released. In April 1975, South Vietnam surrendered to the North, and Vietnam was reunited.

Consequences

1. The Vietnam War cost the United States 58,000 lives and 350,000 casualties. It also resulted in between one and two million Vietnamese deaths.

2. Congress enacted the War Powers Act in 1973, requiring the president to receive explicit Congressional approval before committing American forces overseas.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1968
To Year
1973
 
Last Updated:
Sep 22, 2017
   
Personal Memories
   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  2957 Also There at This Battle:
  • -Justiniano Jr, Hipolito, CPO, (1968-1995)
  • Abler, Ron, CDR, (1967-1987)
  • Acuzar, Jose, CPO, (1969-1992)
  • Addison, Everette, PO1, (1963-1972)
  • Adkins, Edsel, PO2, (1970-1977)
  • ADKINS, EVANS, MCPO, (1969-2012)
  • Adkins, Terry, PO3, (1967-1976)
  • Afflerbach, Ronald, SCPO, (1960-1989)
  • Akin, James, PO1, (1964-1975)
  • Akin, William, SCPO, (1960-1980)
  • ALBERT, ROBERT, PO3, (1966-1970)
  • Alberts, Dennis, PO3, (1967-1971)
  • Albrecht, Charles, CPO, (1965-1989)
  • Alcorn, Wendell R, CAPT, (1961-1992)
  • ALEXANDER, FRANK, PO1, (1967-1973)
  • Alexatos, Michael Stephen, CAPT, (1942-1970)
  • Allen, Duke, LCDR, (1958-1983)
  • Allison, Terry, SCPO, (1968-1993)
  • Allsopp, Ralph, CDR, (1970-1994)
  • Amborn, Lloyd, CAPT, (1965-1995)
  • Anderson, Dale, PO2, (1965-1971)
  • Anderson, Frank, PO3, (1967-1971)
  • Anderson, James, CPO, (1965-2001)
  • Anderson, James, MCPO, (1963-1993)
  • Anderson, Jr., George D., CPO, (1953-1973)
  • Anderson, Stephen, SCPO, (1962-1991)
  • Andreasen, Earnest, PO3, (1965-1969)
  • Antonen, James, PO2, (1967-1976)
  • Armstrong, Joe, PO2, (1957-1987)
  • Armstrong, Rodger, CWO4, (1956-1979)
  • Arnell, Michael, SCPO, (1968-2006)
  • Arnette, Luther, CPO, (1966-1991)
  • Arnold, Charles, FN, (1966-1969)
  • Arrans, Guy, PO3, (1965-1968)
  • Arsenault, Rick, PO2, (1965-1969)
  • Arthur, Stanley R., ADM, (1957-1995)
  • Asmussen, William, LCDR, (1966-1988)
  • Ault, Dale, CWO4, (1972-1996)
  • Awalt, William, PO1, (1964-1972)
  • Baardsgaard, Terrell, CPO, (1968-1989)
  • Baca, Joe, PO1, (1964-1976)
  • Backer, Leroy, PO1, (1978-1992)
  • Bacon, Lester, SN, (1970-1974)
  • Badget, Kenneth, LCDR, (1965-1990)
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