Ronald Mitchell RandallLance Corporal
CAP 2-3-2, CACO 2-3, 2ND CAG, 3RD MAF
United States Marine Corps
17 April 1949 - 21 May 1968
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The database page for Ronald Mitchell Randall
We were pals, and the complete group of us had a great time hanging out together. After all these years, I am still in contact with Baird (the guy you had me write as a pen pal). I still miss you. You will NEVER be forgotten. You will live on in our hearts always.
From a school friend.
Ronald Randall was my uncle, my father's twin brother.
My little brother is his namesake. My father misses him every day. I'm sad that I never had the chance to meet him.
From his niece,
Ronald Randall was my twin brother. I don't often speak of him to strangers because even after all these years there is a hole in my heart and in my life. My family lost a son and a brother that day in May in 1968.
I lost a part of me. Ronald was the free spirit of our pair. Life was a joyous thing full of adventure and freedom for Ronald. I was the studious and responsible half. Though we were very different people we were really whole when together, each filling the holes in the other's personality like two hands clasping. We shared a bond that was private and powerful and mostly unknown by others. I often think that only a twin can really know what the relationship is like.
I miss my brother every day, but worst of all on Memorial Day, Veteran's Day and all the Holidays. I mourn the fact that my wife and children never got to know him. I wish we had had the chance to know each other as adults. Though we couldn't see it then we were still not quite adults when we were separated.
To all of you have had a similar experience I wish you peace and love. Please always know that those of us of that generation share in your loss, your pain, and your pride. So many men and women lost before they had a chance to grow.
It makes me wonder when our leaders, all over the world will grow up and understand there is no such thing as collateral damage and acceptable loss. Each life is part of a big extended family and circle of friends. None can ever be replaced and the wounds of those left behind never heal, they just scab over.
Rodney M. Randall
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his twin brother,
Rodney M. Randall
110 Colonial Lane Longwood, Florida, 32750
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 13 Mar 2003
Last updated 07/28/2007