Frederick Joel Ransbottom

Army of the United States
19 September 1946 - 03 May 1979
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Frederick Joel Ransbottom

13 Dec 2006

I read that Fred's remains are finally coming home.

He was a year older than me in high school but we sat next to each other in one class. He always treated me as a friend and as an equal, unlike several of the other classmates who were older. I was new in the school, so I appreciated his friendship.

I think of him every time I hear or read a mention of the Vietnam war, and I think well of him.

From a friend,
Ron Smith

16 Jan 2007

My Name is Gary Thurman, Retired Oklahoma City Fire Dept. I've lived in Ladysmith, Virginia, these last 4 years. Before moving I got to know Fredrick's brother Donnie. I use to do some injection cleaning of autos for friends and family and Donnie would bring product to my home garage. I now ride with Rolling Thunder out of Dumfries, Virginia. We go to the Wall no less than ten or twelve times a year to wash it early on Sunday mornings and also to pick up artifacts and put them in context for the Smithsonian to store and keep and many other events in Washington D.C. at the Mall. It has been my greatest joy in life to be a part of this organization this last year.

We also to go many funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myers, Quantico, etc. and have been to 3 MIA return funerals. It gives me such great pride to be there for the families and be a part of seeing our Brothers back home. May God Bless the entire Ransbottom family and friends, and you are in our prayers out here at Chapter 3, Rolling Thunder, Dumfries, Virginia.

P.S. Thanks, Donnie, for being my friend these past years.

Retired Lt, O.C.F.D.
Vietnam Vet 1969-1970
Gary Thurman

28 Jan 2007

It was with relief that I learned about his return.

Michael Eckstein
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26 May 2007

Fred was my roommate in OCS. We both graduated from OC 32-67 (56th Company) in June 1967. He was a lot of fun and someone I will remember as a brother.

From His roommate in OCS and a friend,
Harvey Orens
9 River Bank Drive, Roebling, N J 08554

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry, was one of the units committed to the defense of the Special Forces camp at Kham Duc as it came under attack by two regiments of the NVA 2nd Division. Then 2LT Frederick Ransbottom was one of 41 Americans who died during the defeats at Ngok Tavak and Kham Duc.

According to the DoD PMSEA database, Major Ransbottom's remains were repatriated on 19 Jun 2006, with identification made on 30 Oct 2006. By report he will be buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The names of the Americans lost are included in the summary account of the
Withdrawal from Kham Duc

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
Ron Smith

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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 Dec 2006
Last updated 11/17/2007