William Cornelius Ryan, JrFirst Lieutenant
VMFA-115, MAG-13, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
24 April 1944 - 11 May 1969
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The database page for William Cornelius Ryan, Jr
Lt Ryan was a kind man and it was my honor to serve with him in VMFA-334 (F-4J's). He transferred to VMFA-115 (F-4B's, also at Chu Lai) just before being shot down. He flew that mission the day before he was to leave for R&R and his wife was told in Hawaii. He was not scheduled to make that flight but someone else was sick and Ryan took it for him.
The report I remember from the pilot who made it out was that Lt. Ryan was killed by AAA fire which penetrated up through the belly of the aircraft, killing him instantly.
Thank you, Lt. Ryan, for the honor of knowing you, and for the ultimate sacrifice you were willing to make.
My prayers are that your family has been able to come to terms with your sacrifice. I also thank and salute them and all the families of our fallen comrades.
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one who served with Lt. Ryan,
George (Pauly) Palermo
17 May 2002
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With all respect
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Last updated 04Oct2002