Ross Thomas Hulslander

Army of the United States
21 November 1947 - 19 September 1968
Gainesville, Florida
Panel 43W Line 037


Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Ross Thomas Hulslander

10 Nov 2002

I did not know you.

I lost my godfather, James Chester Schultz, on the same day and in the same place that you so bravely lost your life. For that I praise you. You lost your life so that I can live in freedom.

God Rest Your Soul...

A memorial initiated by the friend of a Vietnam Vet,
Joy A. Dillard-Davis
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31 Aug 2003

Corporal Ross Thomas Hulslander posthumously was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device for Heroism.

From his brother,
Victor Lawson Hulslander
4411 NW 17th Place, Gainesville, Florida 32605

APO San Francisco 96375

23 October 1968



1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.

Ross Thomas Hulslander 12889757 Corporal U S Army
Company A, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment

Awarded: Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device
Date action: 19 September 1968
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason: For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force. (Then) Private Hulslander distinguished himself on 19 September 1968 in the Republic of Vietnam. On this day Private Hulslander was serving with the first platoon, operating independently from the company to search and clear a built up area near the village of Hoi An. Private Hulslander was point man of the point squad. As the platoon moved along a trail Private Hulslander triggered a booby trap. Calmly he halted on the booby trap and yelled for others behind him to seek cover. After seeing that everyone near was safe, Private Hulslander tried to free himself from the booby trap. His attempt to leap from the danger of the booby trap failed and he was critically wounded by fragments from the booby trap. Private Hulslander's calmness and devotion in a critical situation saved the lives of at least two other men in the platoon. Private Hulslander's personal bravery and complete devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Authority: By direction of the President under the provisions of the Act of Congress.



Chief of Staff

J. E. Crouch
Major, AGC
Adjutant General

Friday, September 19, 2003...

I am Frances Olivia Gross. ROSS THOMAS HULSLANDER was my brother. Today I stop to remember his life, his time with us, and his courageous and honorable death in VietNam. He was a wonderful human being, a brave, daring Paratrooper, a loving son, brother, and friend. No combat challenge was too great for him. He honored God by saving other men through his own death. My parents were very proud of him and we have missed him so much. Thank you to all those who visit his memory here. His last words to my father on leaving to fight in VietNam were "DRIVE ON", he never looked back ... Tommy, we miss you ... Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty...

With all my love, Your Sister Fran
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30 May 2005

In Honor and Memory of

Ross Thomas Hulslander

A Co, 2nd Bn, 503rd Inf Reg, 173 Abne Bde
Army of the United States

Our Beloved Cousin, whom we miss in life and love, killed in action September 19, 1968 in Vietnam. We give thanks to God for the gift of his life to us for the season of time that we had with him, and for his service to our great nation. We will never forget him and so many others who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

As long as I live, I will never forget the day I came home from my Cub Scout meeting in September 1968, and saw my mother standing there in front of our house - I knew what had happened before the car came to a stop. I was eight years old. Later, when I heard the account about how Tom died in combat, and his bravery in saving others, words could not describe how this affected me for the rest of my life in appreciation of his sacrifice and our brave military men and women. Also, I am deeply moved in remembering my mother sharing a passage from his one of his letters home ... that "we are marching with God". Sometime after Tom's death, during church one Sunday morning, we were singing 'Onward Christian Soldiers' as a closing hymn, I believe, when my mother left suddenly during the middle of the hymn, visibly shaken and upset in a way I had never seen her before. Later at home my father told me my mother was crying because Tom would have come home. To this day, and for the rest of my life, when I sing this hymn, I think of Tommy.

We will never forget Tom and his love for God and this great country of ours. We will never forget his love for his father Sid, mother Fanny, brother Vic, sisters Jane-Marie and Fran, as well as for the rest of his family like us, his cousins, who will always deeply honor and revere his memory for the rest of our days. We still miss the rides he gave us in 'the Batmobile' - his Triumph TR6.

May God bless the memory and sacrifice of Ross Thomas Hulslander.

In memory, In love, and In honor,

Thomas and Ann Marie Kaufmann, and Tommy,
113 North Capitol Parkway Montgomery, Alabama 36107

A Note from The Virtual Wall

"A" Company, 2/503rd Infantry, lost three men on 19 Sep 1968:

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his brother,
Victor Lawson Hulslander
4411 N W 17th Place, Gainesville, Florida 32605
10 Nov 2002

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