Ronald Charles Kearsley

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
15 February 1947 - 21 April 1968
Sandusky, Ohio
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Ronald C Kearsley

Purple Heart (2), National Defense, Vietnam Service, RVN Military Merit, Gallantry Cross, Campaign medals

The database page for Ronald Charles Kearsley

17 Sep 2004

Ron's parents are great friends of mine.

Audrey Mackiewicz

2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines
1st Marine Division (Rein), FMF
FPO, San Francisco, California 96602

April 29, 1968

Mr. and Mrs. Lyle C. Kearsley
312 East Follet Street
Sandusky, Ohio 44870

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Kearsley:

It is difficult for me to express the regrets and sorrow felt by the Marines in this company over the recent death of your son, Private First Class Ronald C. Kearsley, U. S. Marine Corps, on April 21, 1968, at Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam.

Ronald was a mortarman with our Second Platoon. On April 21, 1968, Ronald's platoon was on a combat patrol when at approximately 6:00 a.m., contact was made with Communist Insurgent Forces. During the fierce fire fight which ensued, Ronald was mortally wounded by enemy rifle fire and his death was instantaneous. It may be of some comfort for you to know that the last rites of his faith were administered by Lieutenant Commander G. W. McElroy, Chaplain Corps, U. S. Navy.

Memorial Services will be conducted at the Battalion Chapel for Ronald so that his many friends may attend.

Ronald was one of the finest Marines I have ever known. His exemplary conduct, leadership and singular determination to do every job well were qualities that all of us respected. Ronald served his Corps and country loyally and we are indebted for his service and sacrifice. We will greatly miss him and hope you will find some solace in knowing this.

If there is anything I can do, please feel free to write to me.


First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines lost nine men on 21 April 1968 during an engagement with NVA regulars in the Cam Lo River Valley, Quang Tri Province. The men were
  • G Company:
    • 2ndLt John G. Spindler, St Louis, MO
    • LCpl Michael G. Turner, Mc Minnville, OR
    • LCpl David P. Zimmerman, Pasadena, CA
    • Pfc Gary A. Chabert, Metairie, LA
    • Pfc John L. Coleman, Charlotte, NC

  • H Company:
    • Pfc Ronald C. Kearsley, Sandusky, OH
    • Pfc William M. Neeley, Olmsted, IL
    • Pfc Timothy R. Williams, Columbus, OH

  • H&S Company:
    • HM3 Bernard J. Newhouse, St Johns, MI

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a family friend,
Audrey Mackiewicz
19 Sep 2004

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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