Ronald Ralich

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
19 September 1946 - 29 May 1966
Lorain, Ohio
Panel 07E Line 121


Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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26 Jul 2005

We knew each other from grade school to that fateful day which is too short a period of time. We were not the closest of friends but were friends. I can still feel that pain when I heard that you had been killed in action. Rest in Peace, friend!

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27 Jan 2007

I served with Ron Stateside. We made a Med Cruise together and were the best of friends. I made it to Loraine to meet his family once but ended up getting back to Lejeune 3 days late. He was a self-taught drummer and I heard him play "Wipeout" in Naples, Italy. Ron was proud to be a Marine and I was proud to have known him. I found out about Ron while I was on R&R at China Beach. I was devastated. He was a good friend and I still miss him. His cousin and I made a trip to the Wall a few years back. Hardest thing I ever did. Semper Fi my Brother, You are remembered!

From a friend,
Rich Preston
8 Prospect Street, Lebanon, N H

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 29 May 1966 two companies of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, fought a bitter engagement with NVA troops in Thua Thien Province. Echo Company lost eight men, including a Corpsman from H&S, and 13 men from Golf Company were killed:
  • Echo 2/1:
    • SSgt James J. MacKenna, Denver, CO (Silver Star)
    • HM3 Aldon M. Asherman, Towanda, PA (H&S with Echo 2/1)
    • LCpl Richard E. Crowe, Long Beach, CA
    • LCpl James R. Heath, Bala Cynwyd, PA
    • LCpl Jerry L. Noland, Houston, TX
    • LCpl Charles E. Walker, Magnolia, AR
    • Pfc Ernest G. Paul, Concord, NH
    • Pfc James H. Stewart, Columbus, OH

  • Golf 2/1:
    • Sgt Walter B. Stevens, San Diego, CA
    • Cpl Kenneth W. Wickel, West Lawn, PA
    • LCpl Robert A. Corkill, San Benito, TX
    • LCpl Billy J. Holt, Cameron, TX
    • Pfc David B. Brandon, Lake Oswego, OR
    • Pfc Gordon M. Briggs, Seattle, WA
    • Pfc James W. Briles, Portland, OR
    • Pfc Thomas W. Britton, Great Neck, NY
    • Pfc David W. Johnston, Tucson, AZ
    • Pfc R. B. Marchbanks, Moriarty, NM
    • Pfc Edward C. Sexton, New Buffalo, MI
    • Pfc Ronald Ralich, Lorain, OH
    • Pvt Roy J. Richard, Lafayette, LA

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 Jul 2005
Last updated 07/03/2007