The database page for Ronald James Becksted
"Ronnie," as he was known to his family, graduated from Valley Forge High School in Parma Heights, Ohio, in 1969. He enlisted in the Army the following year, and was posted at Fire Support Base Mary Ann in Quang Tin Province. He had barely turned 20 and was only weeks away from returning home when the base was savagely attacked. Ron died along with 32 other men; many others were grievously injured in the attack.
How he died is no reflection of the loving, warm individual Ron was. To me, he was a special friend ... someone I loved dearly and have never forgotten. I keep him in my prayers every day, and created this memorial page as a way to let others know he is remembered, along with his brothers-in-arms.
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn the night of 27/28 March 1971 Fire Support Base (FSB) Mary Ann was occupied by 209 Americans from several units of the Americal Division:
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Janet Taillie Kowalski
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 Sep 2004
Last updated 02/04/2011