Ronald Sidney Lowe

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
14 March 1949 - 09 May 1970
Norfolk, VA
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Ronald S Lowe

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Ronald Sidney Lowe

9 May 2001


I never knew you and have felt an emptiness all my life. But in a way I never lost you because I feel your presence with me every day. I had my own war when I was 21 and Mom almost lost her mind. I was selfish and angry but we all made it through. You were with me through that and I feel even closer to you now. I am getting my Masters now, Dad, and am engaged to a beautiful woman who I know you would adore, Mom does.

I miss you Dad.

If anyone knew my Father in Vietnam please email me at

From his son,
Ronald Sidney Lowe Jr.

Left to right:
Chuck Hayward, Rich Haney, and my Dad

A monument to the combat camera crews in Vietnam

Drawing by SP4 LeRoy Jesfield, 221st Signal Co.
Courtesy of the Executive Officer, 221st
Used with permission

The Mission

A UH-1D Huey (tail number 65-10079) of the 189th Assault Helicopter Company was carrying a combat camera crew when it was shot down. Nine men died in the crash:
  • From the 189th AHC:
    • WO1 John David McCluskey, aircraft commander
    • 1LT Colin Plummer Hurd, copilot
    • SP4 Johnny Lee Fulton, crew chief
    • PFC David Joseph Corpus, gunner

  • From the 221st Signal Company combat camera crew:
    • SP5 Christopher J. Childs III
    • SP5 Douglas John Itri
    • SP4 Ronald Sidney Lowe
    • SP4 Larry Clayton Young
    • PFC Raymond Louis Paradis
Taken from
Vietnam Helicopter Pilots' Association

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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