Ronald Paul SchworerSpecialist Four
C CO, 4TH BN, 47TH INF RGT, 9 INF DIV
Army of the United States
09 July 1946 - 10 April 1968
Las Vegas, NV
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Ronald P. Schworer
Homage To A Fallen Comrade
Ronald Schworer, whom we all came to love and respect, this is our humble way to pay tribute to you.
On May 16, 1966, you and I traveled together from Las Vegas to Los Angeles to be sworn in as members of the United States Army. Once sworn in, our journey began - Induction Station at Fort Bliss, Texas, Basic and Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Riley, Kansas, and finally, patrolling for the elusive Viet Cong in the Mekong Delta, South Vietnam.
The physical demands in Basic and A.I.T. brought out the best and the worst in us. What you lacked in physical attributes were more than compensated with such qualities as your untiring effort to excel, your mental toughness and your loyalty to your comrades as evidenced by your refusal to discharge from the Army upon your father's death. Those qualities, and more, were manifested in the Mekong Delta where you exemplified the true definition of a soldier - always the first in formation, always taking your malaria pill without being ordered, and after spending many days and nights on patrol you would be the only one to clean your weapon immediately upon return, you always had a spare pair of dry socks available, and your living area was always squared away.
You never ceased to amaze me, the unassuming manner of how you dealt with the most stressful environment known to man, how you diligently wrote your family and stayed in constant communication with the University of Nevada Las Vegas for status assurances where you intended to attend upon E.T.S.
Your goals were cut short by the War Gods because they wanted you in heaven - in God's Army.
Ron, your name and the other 58,174 names on "The Wall" are the true and brave patriots. You have paid the ultimate price. Today, your Unit - Charlie Company, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, pay homage and salute you.
Rest in peace, Warrior ... you did good.
Willie McTear gave this speech at Charlie Company's Reunion
4th Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division
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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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