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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Birth:
02 Nov 1945 2
Death:
09 Dec 1965 2
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Full Name:
Ronald Lee Koehler 2
Birth:
02 Nov 1945 2
Male 2
Death:
09 Dec 1965 2
Cause: Multiple Fragmentation Wounds 2
Age at Death: 20 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 09 Dec 1965 2
Casualty Location: Rt 534 btw Thang Binh/Hiep Duc 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Vernon Center, MN 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Battalion:
3rd Bn 2
Company:
L Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
E2 2
Major Command:
3rd Mar Div 2
Regiment:
3rd Marines 2
Service:
Marine Corps 2
Specialty:
Rifleman (USMC) 2
Years Served:
1 2
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Religion:
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 3 2
Panel: 04E 2

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The Marines' first big fight came just before dark on December 9 as Lima Co., 3-3, neared the hill that was its objective for the night. Forward elements of the company were in the middle of rice paddies near the base of the hill when "Charley" sprang an ambush.

The firefight continued for nearly an hour and a half. The VC swept the Marines with automatic small arms fire and lobbed 35 mortar rounds in on them

Thank you Marine for your service to this great Nation and to our Corps

THE WALL Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives
"War drew us from our homeland In the sunlit springtime of our youth. Those who did not come back alive remain in perpetual springtime -- forever young -- And a part of them is with us always." --- Author Unknown --- God Bless  You      

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