John Ralph Painter, Jr

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
30 July 1942 - 03 June 1967
Palmdale, California
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, RVN Military Merit, Gallantry Cross,  Campaign

The database page for John Ralph Painter, Jr

27 May 2006

In the Palmdale Newspaper today
I read of The Virtual Wall Memorial.

Johnny is missed now by me,
his loving sister and his cousins.

We know he is in Heaven with Jesus
and with all of our parents and family.
How we will all rejoice one day soon.

We are very proud of his service to our country.
He gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

From his sister,
Linda Jean Mau Bolin
40151 Valle View Lane, Leona Valley, Ca 93551

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 02 June 1967, during Operation Union II in the Que Son Valley, the 2nd Bn, 5th Marines found the enemy entrenched in and around the Vinh Huy village complex. Heavy fighting on the 2nd cost 23 American lives, but matters became even worse on the 3rd when 2/5 and elements of two other Marine battalions took on and decisively defeated the 3rd NVA Regiment.

Thirty-six Marines and sailors died at Vinh Huy on 03 June, 17 of them from Fox 2/5:

  • Capt James A. Graham, Frostburg, MD (Medal of Honor)
  • 2ndLt Straughan D. Kelsey, Indialantic, FL
  • Sgt Gerald L. Ackley, Dunnigan, CA
  • LCpl Richard L. Blasen, Wheaton, IL
  • LCpl Arthur M. Byrd, Houston, TX
  • LCpl William S. Daugherty, Evansville, IN
  • LCpl Gary W. Kline, Lincoln Park, MI
  • LCpl John R. Painter, Palmdale, CA
  • LCpl Jereld E. Westphal, Bethel, KS
  • Pfc Larry N. Boatman, Caddo, OK
  • Pfc Jimmy R. Crook, Austell, GA
  • Pfc Lawson D. Gerard, Santa Monica, CA
  • Pfc Michael D. McCandless, Columbus, OH
  • Pfc Dennis E. Monfils, Riverside, CA
  • Pfc Keith M. Moser, Lowell, MI (Silver Star)
  • Pfc Robert Richardson, Augusta, GA
  • Pfc Clifford Shepherd, Dayton, OH

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 May 2006
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