Richard Ramirez, Jr

Private First Class
Army of the United States
15 July 1945 - 19 August 1968
Mc Neal, Arizona
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Richard Ramirez

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Richard Ramirez, Jr

25 May 2004

Tribute to Richard Ramirez, Jr.

At home with God
Richard will forever live in our memories
and in the hearts of his family and friends.
Richard will always be our wonderful Son, Brother, Uncle and Nephew.
Gone but not forgotten.
We love you and miss you.

Richard was the second to the oldest child of 6 children born to first generation Mexican-Americans. He grew up on a farm in southern Arizona and helped his parents until the day he left to serve his goverment. He was an honest, hard working person. He always thought of others before himself. His father became handicapped in a farming accident and Richard became the man of the house at a very young age. Richard had no childhood. Even in the service the few months he was in he supported his parents, brother and sisters financially. He left college to help earn money for the family and instead was drafted. He is missed dearly by his family and friends. This marks his 34th aniversary. Richy left us with many memories.

Love you,
Your Sister Phyllis

In Loving Memory
Happy Birthday, Brother.
You are remembered.
July 15, 2006

From his sister,
Phyllis Villalpando

Richard Ramirez is remembered by his brothers in the
5th Infantry
06 Jul 2006

Richie, you are missed and constantly thought of these days as I grow older.

I often wonder what you would think of Iraq? of the state of our country? I know you would, if you were able, be there fighting right beside your soldier brothers and sisters. You were one of those "One for all and all for one" types and for that reason you will always be my hero.

You always took such good care of your family whether related (us) or not (your Army brothers).

Love and God bless you, tell we meet again,
Your sister,
Susie McFadden

From his younger sister,
Susie Ramirez McFadden
E-Mail will be forwarded by the

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On the morning of 19 August 1968 A Troop, 3/4th Cavalry, was ambushed while moving from Cu Chi to Tay Ninh on Highway 26. Elements of the 1st Bn, 5th Infantry, and 4th Bn, 23rd Infantry, were introduced into the fight. Later in the day, B Company, 1/5 Infantry, was tasked with escorting a unit from the 3/4th Cavalry, into Dau Tieng.

Shortly before 7 PM, the combined force was hit by rocket-propelled grenade fire, damaging several APCs and tanks. Supporting arms fires were called in, allowing the force to move through the ambush area, arriving at Dau Tieng just before 8 PM. The 1/5 Infantry lost 9 men during the day, while 3/4 Cavalry lost 5 men:

  • B Co, 1st Bn, 5th Infantry
    • 1LT Terrence E. Butler, Ozone Park, NY
    • SSG Aubrey R. Henley, Japan
    • SP4 Willie S. Fields, Macon, GA
    • SP4 Joe E. Lofton, Mantee, MS
    • SP4 Jack P. Pashano, Polacca, AZ
    • SP4 Arthur Watson, Smithfield, NC
    • PFC Richard Ramirez, McNeal, AZ
    • PFC Frederick V. Seaborne, Merrimac, MA

  • HHC, 1st Bn, 5th Infantry
    • PFC Rene Serrano, New York, NY, with B/1/5

  • A Trp, 3rd Sqdn, 4th Cavalry
    • 1SG John V. Veara, El Paso, TX
    • SGT Terry A. Hodges, Charlotte, NC
    • SGT Dwayne E. Kever, Heber Springs, AR
    • SP4 Roy A. Harbaugh, Dauphin, PA
    • PFC Leonard E. Sexton, Cookstown, NJ

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Phyllis Villalpando

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 25 May 2004
Last updated 07/06/2006