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RONALD JOSEPH BATES


is honored on Panel 20W, Line 79 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • 1st Battalion Platoon 1019 Jul 67

    Posted on 11/16/10 - by Hill G Sgt USMC WIA 102169
    Now 43 years and never visited the wall. Cpl Bates was in my Boot Camp Platoon he was 2 of the 76 graduates who would go on to be killed in South Vietnam, Republic of.
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  • NEVER FORGOTTEN

    Posted on 6/2/06 - by Bill Nelson 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 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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  • To Mr. Bates

    Posted on 5/18/04 - by Monica
    I'm sorry i never got to meet you, or know you personaly, but to me your a hero. You might not be a hero to everyone in the world, and some might not even know anything about your story, and the fight you made for our country, but i do. I think what you have done might not mean everything in the world to everyone, but its more then just an accomplishment or a job in my eyes. Youve done this country great, and you gave up your life. I think if you were alive now, you would be proud of how our country has held up well. Its not perfect, but compared to the rest of the world its all i can ask for. I am just a student, but i hope to do something as great as you did. Youve served this country well, and i think thats the best thing anyone could ever do.
    ~God Bless~
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  • To Mr. Bates

    Posted on 5/18/04 - by Monica
    I'm sorry i never got to meet you, or know you personaly, but to me your a hero. You might not be a hero to everyone in the world, and some might not even know anything about your story, and the fight you made for our country, but i do. I think what you have done might not mean everything in the world to everyone, but its more then just an accomplishment or a job in my eyes. Youve done this country great, and you gave up your life. I think if you were alive now, you would be proud of how our country has held up well. Its not perfect, but compared to the rest of the world its all i can ask for. I am just a student, but i hope to do something as great as you did. Youve served this country well, and i think thats the best thing anyone could ever do.
    ~God Bless~
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  • Hello Mr. Bates

    Posted on 5/29/03 - by Joe Gillespie
    Hi how are you doing. My name is Joseph Gillespie you probably knew my grandfather and great-uncle John and Charles Gillespie they served in the vietnam war also. Since you perished Gloucester has become a sorta nice town in 2003. Skateboarding is a popular sport in Gloucester. Our sports teams are doing great. Gloucester High and Gloucester Catholic is the biggest game of the season. It is a brutal game a lot of people have gotten hurt. Well thats how Gloucester is in 2003.
    Sincerely,
    Joseph C. Gillespie
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