Tuesday, September 5, 2000
JIMMY A FAIRCLOTH
653 ERICK DR MACON GA 31216 U.S
THANKS FOR BEING MY FRIEND
I REMEBER THE DAY SGT ORTEGA DIED LIKE IT JUST HAPPEN. EVEN THOUGH IT HAS BEEN OVER 40 YEARS THE DAY HE DIED. WE WERE WORKING WITH THE NAVY ON THE RIVER CHANNELS. FOR SOME REASON SGT ORTEGA TOLD ME TO STAY IN THE REAR AND NOT GO WITH THEM. AFTER WE GOT WORD THAT THEY HAD BEEN AMBUSHED AND HE AND THE LT. HAD BEEN KILLED I WAS IN SHOCK. I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE SAME BOAT AS HE WAS IN . I WAS TOLD BY MY FRIEND WHO WAS IN THE BOAT SGT ORTEGA DIED FROM A HEAD WOUND. IT WAS A QUICK DEATH I HOPE THIS NEWS DOES NOT UP SET HIS FAMILY .email@example.com
Aug 15, 2009
I NEVER MET MY UNCLE RAMONSITO,BUT I HAVE SEEN PICTURES OF HIM.BORN IN THE MID-70`s MY COUSIN JOE AND I HEARD VERY LITTLE ABOUT OUR UNCLE.I THINK THE MEMORY AND LOSS OF OUR SON,BROTHER AND UNCLE WAS STILL HARD TO FATHOM BEING THE WAR HAD JUST ENDED.I REMEMBER ONETIME MY GRANDMA,NINA AND MOM TALKING ABOUT RAMONSITO AND MY GRANDPA GETTING UP AND LEAVING THE ROOM. THE LOSS WAS STILL TO HARD TO BARE.MY GRANDPA WAS VERY PROUD OF RAMONSITO AS HE WAS OUR TIO GEORGE,MY NINA AND MY MOM.MY GRANDPA DIDNT SPEAK MUCH ABOUT RAMONSITO THAT I CAN REMEMBER.I REMEMBER ME AND JOE GOING THROUGH OUR GRANDPAS STUFF AND WE FOUND A LITTLE BOX SO OF COURSE WE OPENED IT AND IT WAS FULL OF MEDALS WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT THEY WERE OR WHAT THEY MEANT. GRANDPA CAUGHT US, AND THATS WHERE WE LEARNED MORE ABOUT OUR UNCLE. THE LOOK ON GRANDPAS FACE WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT HIS BABY BOY TO ME AND JOE IT WAS LIKE WATCHING YOUR CHILD CATCH HIS VERY FIRST FISH.IF THERE WAS ONE WORD TO DEFINE BRAVERY,HONOR,ADMIRABLE,LOYALTY IT WOULD HAVE TO BE RAMON.CON MUCHO CARINO YOUR NEPHEW MICHAEL
Dec 18, 2006
PO Box 71
Radium Springs,NM 88054 USA
I can't forget
for a long time I tried to forget everything about Vietnam. It started to come back to me about 5 or 6 years ago when I went to Red River / Angel Fire for Memorial Day. Now I can't forget. I was with Ramon when he died. He was a good Sergeant who looked after his men. Other people died and were hurt. I was hurt but I lived. I can't forget. Mary Lou, your brother didn't suffer. I go to Sante Fe from time to time. If you want to contact me it's ok.
Tuesday, November 23, 1999
MARY LOU ORTEGA
1708 2 ND STREET
SANTA FE,N.M. 87501 U.S.A.
MY BROTHER WAS A BEAUTIFUL PERSON, HE WAS THE PERFECT BIG BROTHER WHO WATCHED OUT FOR HIS LITTLE HERMANITAS. HE LOVED HIS FAMILY VERY MUCH AND WENT TO THE ARMY BECAUSE HE WANTED TO HAVE A BETTER LIFE. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE MORNING THE OFFICERS CAME TO OUR HOME TO TELL US MY BROTHER HAD BEEN KILLED IN ACTION. I WAS 12 YEARS OLD. WE SAW A GREEN CAR DRIVE UP AND MY DADDY KNEW WHY THEY WERE THERE AND HE WOULDN'T LET US ANSWER THE DOOR. THEY KNOCKED AND KNOCKED. I THINK MY DADDY THOUGHT THAT IF WE DIDN'T ANSWER THE DOOR THEY WOULD GO AWAY AND MY BROTHER WOULD BE ALIVE. FINALLY AFTER SEVERAL MINUTES THEY CAME IN THEIR EXACT WORDS WERE"MR. ORTEGA WE ARE SORRY TO INFORM YOU THAT YOUR SON STAFF SARGENT RAMON F. ORTEGA JR. WAS KILLED IN ACTION ON JAN. 25. 1969. IT WAS SUCH A SAD DAY AND HAS BEEN EVEN UP TO NOW.1999.
Thursday, May 13, 1999 My Sergeant Posted for: RAMON FELIX ORTEGA JR: He was a good man that cared about his guys. I was with him then. I still remember. Posted by: David Roberts
Relationship: We served together
Sunday, March 12, 2006 Served with my brother Posted for: RAMON FELIX ORTEGA JR: Sargent Ortega and my brother, Lt. Jerald Dewveall, were togather when they were killed. Just a few days before, Jerald wrote home telling how good his First Sargent was, and that he was fortunate to have him in the Platoon. Posted by: Roger Dewveall
Saturday, July 26, 2008