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RONALD PETER JOHNSON


is honored on Panel 3E, Line 103 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/27/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SP4 Ronald Peter Johnson, 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
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  • The Final Bridge

    Posted on 6/17/13 - by Steve Conto, Menasha, WI sconto@new.rr.com

    Ron is buried at Calvary Cemetery south of town on Cty Hwy J. Ron is located near the new work shed, 3rd row in from the north end, 3rd column in from the east under the cedar trees.

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  • Arcadia News-Leader article

    Posted on 5/21/10 - by Arnold M. Huskins
    A soldier remembered

    by Jennie Oemig

    Arcadia News-Leader

    13 MAY 2010



    ...On Nov. 20, 1965, Sp. 4 Ronald P. Johnson, 21, was killed in Vietnam.



    He had died as a result of gunshot wounds to the stomach and face he sustained when he walked in front of friendly machine gunfire while on a search and destroy mission in dark and rainy weather on Nov. 19, 1965.



    The son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Johnson, Ronald had enlisted in the regular Army in June of 1963, shortly after receiving his diploma from Arcadia High School.



    He took training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and was stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., before shipping out to Vietnam in September of 1965.



    His enlistment would have expired in June of 1966.



    Ronald was born in London, where his father was stationed with the military police company during World War II. His mother, a native of Kilmarnock, Scotland, was a dental assistant with the British Royal Air Force prior to her marriage.



    Besides his parents, Ronald left behind one sister, Mrs. Carroll (Francis) Hackelberg and two brothers, Michael and Stephen.



    Johnson’s body was shipped back to the States and arrived in Arcadia on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1965, where a full military funeral awaited him.



    The flag at the Wisconsin National Guard Armory in Arcadia flew at half mast on Saturday, Dec. 4, 1965, as 60 members of the Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry, commanded by Lt. William E. Braun, formed the military escort for the casket.



    Draped with the American flag, the casket was carried from the Killian Funeral Home to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church as the sound of muffled drumming filled the air.



    The color guard and firing squad, commanded by Sgt. Wayne D. Auer, led the procession.



    With pallbearers Sgt. Franklin Sobotta, S-Sgt. John M. Benusa, Sgt. Richard Glowcheski, Sgt. Peter Mueller, Sp. 4 Dennis R. Jensen, Sp. 4 Paul E. Kanla, Sp. 4 David C. Sobotta and Sp. 4 Galen J. Thompson flanking the hearse, the escort formed a line on either side of the sidewalk while family and friends followed the procession.



    At Cavalry Cemetery, the flag was folded and presented to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson.



    Taps were sounded following the salute of guns by the firing squad before Ronald was interred.
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  • NEVER FORGOTTEN

    Posted on 12/12/06 - by Bill Nelson: Nam Vet 101st Airborne grite@yahoo.com
    FOREVER REMEMBERED

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you , one of the gentle heroes and patriots lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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The Wall of Faces

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