Allen Jerome RitterPrivate First Class
B CO, 1ST BN, 8TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
08 August 1947 - 22 May 1966
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Pfc Allen Ritter, I have heard first hand of your actions during Operation Crazy Horse. You were Lt McCarron's RTO. You were right next to him when your platoon (2nd Plt) flanked the enemy, to save 1st Platoon from the ambush. How scared you must have been but you all pressed on. Mr McCarron speaks highly of you, I'll visit him and shake his hand soon. Your name will come up for sure. It is some 40 years later and you, Mr Ritter, are on my mind daily. Though I didn't know you personally, I will get to know you from those who did. The wound to your leg was bad, but medevac was not possible in that valley, at that time.
Thanks to actions of men like you, they took it to the enemy, and defeated them. If not for bravery such as yours, more would have been lost for sure. Your sacrifice is appreciated on a daily basis. When I atone for my sins in the presence of God, I hope I get to the kingdom of heaven, and upon entering my mansion there will surely be a room for my friends of the "Jumping Mustangs". Thank you.
"HONOR AND COURAGE"
In Gerry Metcalf's memory,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 8th Cavalry fought two bitter engagements in the Vinh Thanh Valley in May 1966. On 17 May the 2nd Battalion lost 19 soldiers, and on the 22nd the 1st Battalion lost eleven more:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Jul 2006
Last updated 07/26/2006