Ronald Lloyd Zinn

Army of the United States
10 May 1939 - 07 July 1965
Orland Park, Illinois
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Ronald Lloyd Zinn

07 Jul 2001

From a West Point comrade and fellow member of the track team who remembers Ron as a competitive walker who represented our country on the 1960 Olympic Team. With deep gratitude we are remembering you and all the others who served and died in times of war so that we may enjoy the Freedom and Liberties that make the United States of America great.

Clark T. Ballard, Jr., M.D.
Colonel, U S Army (Ret)
66 Leschi Drive, Steilacoom, WA 98388-1514

10 Apr 2002

Dear Family and Friends of Captain Ronald Lloyd Zinn,

I am very sorry about your loss. It must have been a terrible experience that he went through, and I am sorry. I recently visited the Vietnam Memorial on my class trip to Washington D.C. He must have been a very brave man. It was very honorable of him to step up and be part of the war. He showed great nationalism, and I want to thank him for fighting the war for us. I am deeply sorry for your loss.


01 Apr 2003

It was my honor to serve in the U.S. Army with Lt. Ron Zinn in 1963-1964 in Ft Devens, Mass. As a secretary to the unit commander, I often was able to talk with him about his fantastic ability to walk fast. He often would walk faster than I was able to run during daily workouts. He often walked from Ft Devens to Boston and back just for practice. He was a very professional and dedicated person.

Spc. William Weigand

23 May 2007

Thank you to the creators of this memorial. Ron Zinn was and forever will be my brother. It is nearing 42 years since his death. His parents are both gone, but his sister and I remember him often with love, affection, and admiration. He was very special, as are all those names on the Wall. In 2006, there was a nice ceremony in Orland Park. It was to recognize her fallen heroes, of which Ron was one.

From his brother,
Jerry Zinn
Davenport, Iowa

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 07-08 July 1965 ten US soldiers from the 173rd Abn Bde were killed during a sweep in the area known as War Zone D, north of the Dong Nai River and northwest of Bien Hoa. They were
  • E Troop, 17th Cavalry
    • PFC Johnie E. Rice, Freeburn, KY

  • B Co, 1st Bn, 503rd Infantry
    • SGT McArthur Johnson, Wilmington, NC
    • SGT Durward F. Ray, Columbus, GA
    • PVT Edward J. Almeida, New Bedford, MA

  • C Co, 1st Bn, 503rd Infantry
    • PVT John D. Shaw, Summit, MS

  • B Co, 2nd Bn, 503rd Infantry
    • CPT Ronald L. Zinn, Orland Park, IL
    • SSG David L. Howard, Fountain Inn, SC
    • PVT Rudolph V. Hernandez, San Antonio, TX (Bronze Star "V")
    • PVT Allen I. Johnson, Cloquet, MN

  • HHC, 2nd Bn, 503rd Infantry

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 7 Jul 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009