Ronald Alton WilsonPrivate First Class
C CO, 2ND BN, 27TH INFANTRY, 25 INF DIV
Army of the United States
04 November 1947 - 13 June 1968
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Ronald Alton Wilson
Ronald Alton Wilson was born on November 4, 1947. Although he was a hemophiliac, he was drafted into the Army, assigned to the infantry, and sent into combat. In 1 year of service, he attained the rank of Private First Class. He bled to death as the result of a gunshot wound to the knee received while rescuing two other wounded soldiers. Ronald Alton Wilson was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star medals.
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From a friend,
The following text is taken from the Citation for the Bronze Star Medal:
I am the brother-in-law you never knew you had. Sharon and I got married ten years ago and are very happy together. Your Mom lives with us and is doing hospice in our home. I am sure that you will be joined with her in the near future, and that you will be waiting for her when she makes her transition. From what I understand, that is the kind of son you were.
Ronnie, I want you to know that you are ever present in our lives. Even though you and I never met, I feel that I know you because you are so omnipresent in the memories of your mother and sister, not in a morbid way, but in a joyous and loving memory that is totally alive. Every day I look at the picture of you holding little Mark's hand as you walked out the door wearing your Army fatigue pants taken on that day right before you left for Viet-Nam. It says so much about the love you felt for everyone in the family, including Sharon's little son. You are a legend to him, as you are to all of us. He has three kids of his own now, and the mention of Uncle Ronnie's name still causes a reflective smile to come to the faces of all, even those of us who never knew you personally.
I just want you to know that all is well. The family is together and we all love one another, but the hole you left when you died was never filled. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think about what you meant to the family and what you could have meant if you had not died. I miss you terribly. I miss the brother in law I wish I had, the nephews and nieces that aren't here (you probably know she never did have any children, don't you...and she never got over your loss). I know it isn't your fault, but I wish you were here. The day will come when we will meet. I just wanted you to know that I love you, too. God bless you brother, and someday I will see you on the other side.
A Note from The Virtual WallCharlie Company 2/27 Infantry lost eight men on 13 June 1968 when engaged by a larger force during a recon operation:
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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 Feb 2004
Last updated 08/10/2009