Ronald Lewis Griffin

Army of the United States
14 June 1949 - 29 June 1968
Lancaster, Ohio
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Ronald Lewis Griffin

14 May 2002

"To live in the hearts we leave behind,
is never to have died."
(Thomas Campbell, circa 1888)

A memorial initiated by a fellow Vietnam veteran,
Thomas and Boots Shuttleworth

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 29 June 1968 elements of the 1st Bn, 506th Infantry were conducting a reconnaissance in force near Chu Chi in Tay Ninh Province. At approximately 2130 the American night defensive position was subjected to a attack by mortar, RPG, and automatic weapons fire. Although much of the fire was directed against the "C" Company positions, a sapper squad attempted to infiltrate the "A" Company perimeter. The enemy failed to penetrate the perimeter but did wound a number of soldiers before being driven off. Three US soldiers are known to have died as a result of this action:
  • SGT Raymond Ordonez, Chicago, IL, "C" Company
  • CPL Ronald L. Griffin, Lancaster, OH, "C" Company
  • PFC Paul P. Zylko, Passaic, NJ, "A" Company (Bronze Star "V")
Sergeant Ordonez and Corporal Griffin were killed in the attack. PFC Zylko was badly wounded, losing his right arm, one eye, and his left thumb to an RPG. To make matters worse, Zylko contracted hepititis from a blood transfusion, and although he recovered from his wounds he continued to suffer from periodic bouts of hepititis. On 08 Sep 1999, thirty-one years after the night battle, he died of the disease. When the Army reviewed his situation they determined that PFC Zylko's death from viral hepititis was the direct result of his wounds and his name was added to the Wall in May 2002.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a fellow Vietnam veteran,
Thomas and Boots Shuttleworth

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 14 May 2002
Last updated 05/31/2006