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is honored on Panel 28E, Line 67 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of SGT Ronnie L. Gros

    Posted on 12/18/17 - by
    SGT Ronnie L. Gros was an Armor Reconnaissance Specialist serving with C Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division. On October 25, 1967, SGT Gros was killed while the driver of a M113 armored personal carrier when the vehicle hit a mine in Hau Nghia Province, RVN. The following is a personal account of the incident by Michael J. Callahan: Ron was an Armored Reconnaissance Scout in 1st Platoon, C (Charlie) Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry. His job on 1-3 scout vehicle was to drive an M113 armored personal carrier. Ron had about 10 1/2 months in country at that time. The commander of his M113 was very new to the Platoon as were his two observer/gunners. In Charlie Troop, a typical M113 scout vehicle had 4 members, a track commander, a driver, and two observer/ gunners. A typical platoon had seven M113’s and three M48A3 heavy battle tanks. A troop usually had three combat platoons and one headquarters platoon. The Troop Commander was in the Headquarters Platoon. His combat vehicle, 6-0, was also a M113 with a six-man crew. I was on 6-0 the night of October 25,1967. Prior to that night, I was the driver on 1-3 for several months with Ronnie as the track commander. We had been through a great deal together. We were 19 and 20 years-old while in Vietnam. On October 25th, several things happened that would affect both Ron and me. First, I was transferred to the Troop Commanders vehicle, 6-0, as his radio operator and jeep driver. Next, 1-3 got a new commander and two new observers, and Ron became the driver. At the same time, the Troop Commander was planning an operation to draw out the local Viet Cong by moving a convoy of military trucks down the road from Cu Chi to Tay Ninh. However, the trucks were decoys with infantrymen hidden inside. Combat ready M113 APC’s and M48A3 tanks’s including 6-0 were interspersed amongst the convoy of trucks, a total of about 50 vehicles. The convoy was known as “the Ruse.” I had been running convoys for 10 months, and this was the first nighttime convoy and, also, the first “ruse” convoy. The Commander’s idea was to get ambushed by the VC and surprise them with our infantrymen located in the trucks and, of course, our Cavalry combat vehicles. After all of the convoys I’d been on in 1967, I knew what the possible outcomes were. On top of the list of problems that could occur were heavy land mines, or rocket-propelled grenades fired at the fuel trucks (they were empty). It didn’t take too long to find out the answer to the question. About an hour out of Cu Chi (3rd Brigade’s base camp), we hit a huge mine. I was on the radio at the time and heard the platoon radio traffic about how 1-3 had hit a huge mine. My heart sunk. I knew Ron was on that vehicle. The convoy stopped. The Troop Commander ran back to the site the mine explosion. 1-3 was blown apart. Ron hit the mine on the driver’s side. He was gone instantly. I could not stay with 6-0 any longer. I had to go back and see if I could help. Of course, there was nothing I could do. The three new guys on 1-3 with Ron were all hurt and required a helicopter “dust off”. Ron was removed from the twisted mess of what was left of 1-3 and also taken back to the base hospital. 1-3 was a total loss. The other three crew members had been riding on top of 1-3 and didn't get as much of the direct blast as Ron did. They did not return to C troop, strong indicator of how bad they were hurt. The irony of October 25,1967, is the collision of decisions that all happened on that day. I don't think I have thought about the transfers, the new people, and, of course, the Ruse night convoy, all converging on that one day. Because of them, I came home and Ron didn't. [Taken from and information provided by Michael J. Callahan (November 2017)]
  • Saber Charlie 1-3 Xray to Saber Charlie 1-3

    Posted on 1/25/16 - by
    Ronnie and I served together in VN on the same M113 Armored Personnel Carrier for 9 months until 10/25/67.
    We had become very close friends. I was with him on 10/25/67. We shared a great deal together. I will always remember him as a unique American Hero. I enjoyed the "Big Brother" post. That is the Ronnie I knew. Many years ago I called Mr and Mrs Gros and told them about my time with Ronnie. I live in KC,Mo so Ronnie and I had STL and KC Mo in common as well. I would love to hear from any family member regarding my time with Ronnie. Michael J Callahan
    PS I took and donated the picture displayed of Ronnie
  • Hey, Big Brother

    Posted on 12/16/15 - by William Puckett
    Always mean to do this in October, but find the memories distracting. Ron filled the role of big brother for me from the time I met him when I joined Cub Scouts until his death. He helped a lot of us younger kids, stopping some of the jerk kids in the neighborhood from bullying us, encouraging us in Scouts, and in other activities. I miss him terribly as well as Mom and Dad Gros and the rest of the family. It feels very weird to be looking at my 64th birthday coming and he will always be 21, young, self-assured, and ready to give everything he had for what he believed in. I did make it to the Wall, Ron. I was still working for the Forest Service then so I left my card with some thoughts on the back. I have the name rubbing stored with the news clipping and other odds and ends, but even without that, I always have you alive in my memory. God bless and see you again someday.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/9/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT Ronnie Lee Gros, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • WE remember

    Posted on 11/15/09 - by Robert Sage
    Ronnie is buried at Valhalla Burial Park in Belleville, IL.
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