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MICHAEL BRENDAN COUNIHAN

  • Wall Name:MICHAEL B COUNIHAN
  • Date of Birth:12/20/1945
  • Date of Casualty:11/1/1968
  • Home of Record:HYDE PARK
  • County of Record:SUFFOLK COUNTY
  • State:MA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Line:40W, 73
  • Casualty Province:BINH DINH

KENT ALAN CUNNINGHAM

  • Wall Name:KENT A CUNNINGHAM
  • Date of Birth:5/17/1947
  • Date of Casualty:11/1/1968
  • Home of Record:APPLETON
  • County of Record:OUTAGAMIE COUNTY
  • State:WI
  • Branch of Service:NAVY
  • Rank:HN
  • Panel/Line:40W, 73
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

RONNIE COURTNEY


is honored on Panel 40W, Line 73 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Final Mission of SP4 Ronnie Courtney

    Posted on 7/18/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    Fire Support Base Rita was located in the "Fishhook" area near the Cambodian border in Tay Ninh Province, RVN. It had been established to block NVA infiltration from Cambodia into South Vietnam. On November 1, 1968, FSB Rita was occupied by units of 8th Battalion, 6th Artillery; B Troop, 1/4th Cavalry; and 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry. Just after 0300 hours on November 1st, FSB Rita came under attack by North Vietnamese Army units. At the outset, the base was subjected to heavy mortar, artillery, and RPG attack, followed by a human wave assault against the northwestern defensive perimeter. Sappers and enemy infantry penetrated the perimeter, resulting in fighting within the northwestern section of FSB Rita. The artillery commander, LTC Charles C. Rogers, rallied his men and beat back the initial assault. A second massed assault followed, and again LTC Rogers led a successful defense. As dawn broke, a third massed attack was launched. Rogers, now with three serious wounds, no longer was able to physically lead his men but continued to direct the defense, and once again the NVA were repulsed. The battle continued until about 0800, when increasing air support forced the NVA to break off the attack and retreat across the border to sanctuary in Cambodia. While one Medal of Honor (LTC Rogers) and one Distinguished Service Cross (SP4 Lester Williams Jr., posthumously) were won that morning, the attack cost the lives of fourteen American soldiers: SP4 Thurl G. Carter III, SP4 Charles G. Costin (an 18-year-old cook who volunteered to man one of the .50 caliber machine guns on the perimeter), SP4 Ronnie Courtney, SGT James E. Graves, SGT Wendell D. McBurrows, SP4 Lester Williams Jr., SP4 Michael P. Alongi Jr., SP4 Wayne K. Laine, SP4 Marvin N. Propson, SGT Thomas W. Bayonet, SGT James M. Ciupinski, CPL William K. Alameda, SSGT James R. Norris, and PFC James E Martin. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vvmf.org, and info provided by Mack Easley at vvmf.org (November 2003)]
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  • Family

    Posted on 5/11/17 - by jcourtney@fhtc.edu
    Heard your name so many times growing up! always looking at Grandma's Army photo of you on the shelf, you were so handsome. wish I would have had a chance to know you. Emporia Ks. Founding City of Veterans Day. Uncle Ronnie, Thank you for your service.
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  • Thank you for your Sacrifice.

    Posted on 12/24/16 - by Gregory Allard Badwolf83@outlook.com
    I didn't know Ronnie Courtney but he is remembered by my father who served with Courtney C BTRY, 8TH BN, 6TH ARTY RGT, 1 INF DIV, Army of the United States and was stationed with Courtney at FSB Rita on Nov 1st, 1968.
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  • To My younger brother RONNIE COURTNEY

    Posted on 5/24/15
    He was loved by all of his family especially his twin sister ,Connie. Just last night I attended the high school reunion where we all graduated and some of his friends came up to us and remembered some of his high school pranks.He had many friends , sister , brothers and cousins there, RIP BROTHER RONNIE BY YOUR SISTER LOUISE.
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  • Remembering a hero

    Posted on 5/19/15 - by mainman6970@gmail.com
    Sadly never got to meet Ronnie, but heard stories from his friend (my dad). What a great man. I was named after him for remembering him.
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