Ronald Howard RileySergeant
C TRP, 3RD SQD, 5TH CAV RGT, 9 INF DIV
Army of the United States
27 May 1948 - 18 April 1969
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The database page for Ronald Howard Riley
Riley, I'll never forget you, man. You left without us saying goodbye, although you really had no choice in the matter. You weren't much of a fighter; more like a peaceful man caught up in something quite different than yourself. But I know that you were going to fight back, and you would have done your job had you been given the chance.
I love you and miss all of you brothers who lost their own personal wars that night. So, goodbye Buddyo, say hi to the others for me.
A Note from The Virtual WallAt about 1300, 18 Apr 1969, C Troop, 3/5 Cav, and C Company, 1/9 Marines, departed Fire Support Base C-2 to conduct a search and destroy mission north of the Cam Lo Valley. At 1730 the mounted force reached Nui Tot Mon, where the Marines dismounted and moved westward up the Cam Hung Valley. At dusk the Marines set up a night defensive position on high ground above the Cam Hung while Charlie 3/5 Cav established their NDP in the Cam Lo Valley.
At about 2030 (8:30 PM) C/3/5 Cavalry's night defensive position was attacked by a reinforced company of North Vietnamese Army troops. The attack began with heavy mortar fire which covered the approach of "sappers" - essentially satchel-charge troops on a one-way mission. In violent hand-to-hand combat, the NVA was discouraged - but Charlie Troop lost several armored vehicles and - much more importantly - twelve men:
The after action report is available on the Black Knight web site.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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