Rockefeller, Ronald Edward, HN

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Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1968-1968, HM-8404, 1st Bn (1/26)
Service Years
1966 - 1968

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tivoli, NY
Last Address
Tivoli, NY

Casualty Date
Jun 07, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Cedar Park Cemetery - Hudson, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
59W 027

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(HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Fort Sam Houston, TexasField Medical Service School (FMSS) Camp LeJeune, NCField Medical Training Battalion (Cadre) Camp Pendleton, CANaval Hospital Chelsea, MA
1st Bn (1/26)
  1966-1967, HM-0000, (HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  1967-1967, HM-0000, Field Medical Service School (FMSS) Camp LeJeune, NC
  1967-1967, HM-8404, Field Medical Training Battalion (Cadre) Camp Pendleton, CA
  1967-1968, HM-8404, Naval Hospital Chelsea, MA
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Last Known Activity
On 07 June 1968 the 1st Bn, 26th Marines were conducting a sweep along the Bon Song River. Alpha 1/26 was providing a screening force along the river while Delta 1/26 was moving through the hills along the river. Charlie 1/26 was in echelon behind Delta, with the Command Group and H&S Company bringing up the rear.
As Delta 1/26 crested a ridgeline they took fire from a trenchline. The company established a base of fire, flanked the trenchline, and forced the NVA to withdraw - but they didn't withdraw far; a second set of fortifications lay only 50 yards behind the first. Charlie 1/26 sent help and Delta buckled down to assaulting the second trench line - and once again forced the NVA from their lines.

This action, though costly, was only a prelude. The NVA troops engaged by Delta 1/26 were a covering force for the NVA main body, which withdrew into the Alpha 1/26 position - and were engaged by the Alpha 1/26 Marines in a bloody fight. By the time the NVA escaped through the gap between Alpha's flank and the oncoming Delta Marines, 20 Marines and 2 sailors were dead:

A Company:
2ndLt Paul M. McGrath, Rye, NY
SSgt Donald M. Cuff, Wilmington, DE
Cpl George A. Essary, Chattanooga, TN
Cpl Jerome D. Kupperschmidt, Sandwich, IL
Cpl Gregory A. Shelley, Palisades Park, NJ
LCpl Edward L. Bradford, Westville, OK
LCpl Kevin M. Coyne, Silver Spring, MD
LCpl Michael W. Travis, Sweetser, IN
Pfc Michael P. Becker, Omaha, NE
Pfc Jerry N. Christman, Williams, AZ
Pfc Carl M. Middlebrooks, Baltimore, MD
Pfc Alton L. Staples, Cincinnati, OH
Pfc Ernest L. Wesley, Stockbridge, GA

C Company:
Cpl David E. Dixon, Miami, FL

D Company:
2ndLt Samuel J. Hannah, Reily, OH (Silver Star)
Sgt Thomas R. Cores, Del Rio, TX
Cpl Normand C. Deschaine, Lewiston, ME
Cpl Johnnie B. Espy, Montclair, NJ
LCpl David O. Auen, Blairsville, PA
LCpl John A. Scarpinato, La Puente, CA

H&S Company:
HM3 Ramon Leyba, Albuquerque, NM (H&S Co, w/ Alpha 1/26)
HN Ronald E. Rockefeller, Tivoli, NY

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