Ronald Matthew PadillaLance Corporal
G CO, 2ND BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
16 February 1942 - 14 June 1966
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The database page for Ronald Matthew Padilla
A Marine from the Islands - their memory stays with us forever.
Some, like Ron, walk with us daily in our lives 35 years later.
In hard times or fun times Ron's expression - "NO MORE NEED BE SAID" - would give meaning and life to any topic.
Older than most of us in the 1st Recon Bn, he was one to look to and talk to anytime.
We of the 1st Recon Bn talk of the Marine of the Islands. His expression lives on in us
"NO MORE NEED BE SAID ... NO MORE NEED BE SAID!"
From a 1st Recon Bn brother,
A Note from The Virtual Wall
At the time of his death Lance Corporal Padilla was serving with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines. The 2/7 Command Chronology for June 1966 contains the following entry:
"On 14 June at 2145H Co G listening post at BT486039 reported movement west. One hand illumination was fired and two VC were reported observed moving south; two M-79 rounds were fired. At 2115H Co G-3 position at BT487037 received two grenades from just beyond the tactical wire south of the position. Three VC were observed. Marines returned four frag grenades and seven rounds small arms. One Marine shifting his position to a vantage point approximately six meters south of this position was hit by an incoming grenade or M-79 round and killed instantly."
The entry goes on to detail a further exchange of fires. While the Command Chronology does not name the Marine killed, the circumstances described exactly match the information on his casualty record at HQ USMC.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/10/2009