Finis Roney Studdard

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
10 June 1946 - 17 November 1965
Steele, Alabama
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Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Finis R. Studdard

The database page for Finis Roney Studdard

8 Nov 2001

Finis "Ronnie" Studdard was a native of Steele, Alabama.
His parents are Marion (Gaskey) Studdard and the late Hobert Studdard.
He had 7 brothers and sisters -
Jerry, Gwin, Jimmy, Elaine, Janet, Susan and Kathy.

From a sister,

09 Apr 2002

Like the effortless flight of a bird,
Our soul travels through life
searching for solid ground to land.

For a soldier,
our flight is that of a dove
gliding majestically in search of peace
and of an eagle,
soaring to the limits of dominance, and of an angel,
the belief of a silent protector.

To live this life is one of sacrifice,
one of which very few will ever know,
but one which many must endure.
As long as birds shall fly
the soul of soldiers shall live,
always searching for peace, reaching for dominance
and striving to protect the ones we love.

From his nephew,
Timothy Studdard
Panama City, Fl

25 Apr 2004

Ronnie was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor Device and Purple Heart posthumously by Colonel John Campbell, Jr, Deputy Commander, Fort McClellan, Alabama.

From his sister,
Susan Studdard Hames

26 Aug 2007


I just revisited you at the moving Wall in Florence, Kentucky - Florence is now my new home. The moving Wall is a great tribute to you because it gives locals who never would have had the opportunity to visit with love ones. I belive people are compelled to come and don't know why. I found myself telling the history of the Wall to quite a number of strangers. Every group I brought over to you, and told your story. They've made a movie about the battle you died in, "We were Soliders", and then I point out your name,and would tell them about the battle. It's my way of sharing your life. My brother you are not or ever will be forgotton.

From a cousin,
T. Michael Hornecker
6772 Hillock Court, Florence, Ky. 41042

Ronnie Studdard
died in the fighting in the
Ia Drang Valley
November 1965.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 8 Nov 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009