Ronald Alton Wilson

Private First Class
Army of the United States
04 November 1947 - 13 June 1968
Oakland, California
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Silver Star

Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Ronald Alton Wilson

10 Feb 2004

Ronald A Wilson

Ronald Alton Wilson

Ronald Alton Wilson was born on November 4, 1947. Although he was a hemophiliac, he was drafted into the Army, assigned to the infantry, and sent into combat. In 1 year of service, he attained the rank of Private First Class. He bled to death as the result of a gunshot wound to the knee received while rescuing two other wounded soldiers. Ronald Alton Wilson was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star medals.

He is remembered by
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7705
Weaverville, California

From a friend,
Noel Palmer

APO San Francisco



1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.

WILSON, Ronald Alton 56833645 Private First Class Infantry
Company C, 2nd Battalion, 27 Infantry

Awarded: Silver Star Medal (posthumous)
Date action: 13 June 1968
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason: By direction of the President, The Silver Star is awarded posthumously to Private First Class Ronald A. Wilson for gallantry in action. Private First Class Wilson distinguished himself by heroic action on June 13, 1968, while serving with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 27 Infantry on a reconnaissance in force operation near Gin Thois Nhut, Republic of Vietnam. When his unit came under heavy fire from an estimated battalion size hostile force several men were wounded. Observing an enemy position to his front, Private Wilson laid down a suppressive base of fire that successfully neutralized the Viet Cong. He noticed two wounded comrades in an open area that was 30 meters from his position and took it upon himself to extract them. Fearlessly he ran through the hail of hostile weapons fire to reach the wounded men. Upon arrival he picked up one man and while carrying him to the rear was severely wounded. Ignoring the pain, Private Wilson completed his mission before his wound proved fatal. Due to his valorous actions, several lives were saved and the enemy force defeated. Private Wilson's personal bravery, aggressiveness, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Authority: By direction of the President under the provisions of the Act of Congress.

The following text is taken from the Citation for the Bronze Star Medal:

Despite many adversities, he invariably performed his duties in a resolute and efficient manner. Energetically applying his sound judgment and extensive knowledge, he has contributed materially to the successful accomplishment of the United States mission in the Republic of Vietnam. His loyalty, diligence and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, and the United States Army.

19 Sep 2006

Dear Ronnie,

I am the brother-in-law you never knew you had. Sharon and I got married ten years ago and are very happy together. Your Mom lives with us and is doing hospice in our home. I am sure that you will be joined with her in the near future, and that you will be waiting for her when she makes her transition. From what I understand, that is the kind of son you were.

Ronnie, I want you to know that you are ever present in our lives. Even though you and I never met, I feel that I know you because you are so omnipresent in the memories of your mother and sister, not in a morbid way, but in a joyous and loving memory that is totally alive. Every day I look at the picture of you holding little Mark's hand as you walked out the door wearing your Army fatigue pants taken on that day right before you left for Viet-Nam. It says so much about the love you felt for everyone in the family, including Sharon's little son. You are a legend to him, as you are to all of us. He has three kids of his own now, and the mention of Uncle Ronnie's name still causes a reflective smile to come to the faces of all, even those of us who never knew you personally.

I just want you to know that all is well. The family is together and we all love one another, but the hole you left when you died was never filled. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think about what you meant to the family and what you could have meant if you had not died. I miss you terribly. I miss the brother in law I wish I had, the nephews and nieces that aren't here (you probably know she never did have any children, don't you...and she never got over your loss). I know it isn't your fault, but I wish you were here. The day will come when we will meet. I just wanted you to know that I love you, too. God bless you brother, and someday I will see you on the other side.

Thom Munson

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Charlie Company 2/27 Infantry lost eight men on 13 June 1968 when engaged by a larger force during a recon operation:
  • CPL John C. Cupp, Noblesville, IN
  • CPL William A. Gritts, Hulbert, OK
  • SP4 Raul Ramos-Jimenez, Bayamon, PR
  • CPL Gary L. Richardson, Red Bluff, CA
  • CPL Coy E. Stroble, North Little Rock, AR
  • CPL Gary L. Vantol, Ripon, CA
  • CPL Forrest E. Ward, Troy, NY (medic, HHC w/ C/2/27)
  • PFC Ronald A. Wilson, Oakland, CA (Silver Star)

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 13 Feb 2004
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