Ronald Lee ShropshireLance Corporal
E CO, 2ND BN, 4TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
27 November 1949 - 11 May 1969
New York, New York
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Ronald Lee "Chop-Chop" Shropshire
On the night of 11 May 1969, I was in a sound sleep at my parent's home in Spokane, Washington. Suddenly, I heard Ron (Chop-Chop) calling my name. I ran through a mist coming closer to him. Suddenly, he said, "Stop, don't come any closer." I stopped for a moment, but then said "Don't be silly, I can't stop when you're so close." As I ran closer, I gasped and stopped because Ron was missing part of the right side of his face and part of his right arm. After a moment, I continued forward saying "I don't care, I will always love you." We hugged and I woke up.
Since I was only a girfriend, the only "official notification" I received were my returned letters which stated... "The Marine Corps is sorry to report that your letter is undeliverable...."
I would love to talk to someone who was there with him.
Remembrance submitted at the Richland WA Moving Wall, 10 Jun 2005
A Note from The Virtual WallCombat soldiers and Marines face considerable risk even when not in combat - they are equipped with and routinely must handle a variety of deadly weapons and explosives. As a mortarman, Lance Corporal Shropshire went a step beyond the average Marine in this respect; he handled the same materials as any Marine infantryman, but he also was involved with the explosive shells and propellant charges associated with mortars. On 11 May 1969 he was killed in a weapons accident.
Lance Corporal David Shropshire is buried in Site 3193, Section "T", Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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