Ronald Cory SaffellSpecialist Four
B CO, 1ST BN, 12TH CAV RGT, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
29 October 1949 - 16 December 1968
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Ronnie was from the oilfields of West Texas, Odessa, Texas. I knew him from grade school at Cameron Elementary and from the neighborhood. He was three grades below me in school, but I always thought he was a good guy. When I was in the 6th grade, he was in the 3rd. He used to hang around us older kids as we would play baseball on the school grounds. I would also pick Ronnie to be on my team even though at the time he couldn't hit very well. He never complained. It was heart wrenching to know that he died in Vietnam. I was in-country when he died and I did not know it for many years. When I first saw his name on the Ector Country Memorial, I kept thinking that was not the Ronnie I knew, but sadly it was.
Ronnie dropped out of high school to go into the service. He got his GED in the Army. Ronnie was barely 19 years old when he was killed. He was a recipient of the Silver Star and Bronze Star with "V".
May his sacrifice never be in vain.
Ronnie Saffell is remembered by his classmates from
The photo was taken from the 1968 High School Annual
A Note from The Virtual WallB Company, 1/12th Cavalry, lost two men on 16 Dec 1968 while operating in Phuoc Long Province:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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