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  • Wall Name:RONALD V KOLB
  • Date of Birth:11/10/1943
  • Date of Casualty:4/2/1970
  • Home of Record:WASHINGTON
  • County of Record:DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
  • State:DC
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:1LT
  • Panel/Line:12W, 82
  • Casualty Province:TAY NINH


  • Date of Birth:10/24/1948
  • Date of Casualty:4/2/1970
  • Home of Record:GERING
  • County of Record:SCOTTS BLUFF COUNTY
  • State:NE
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:12W, 83
  • Casualty Province:BINH THUAN


is honored on Panel 12W, Line 83 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Renegade Woods

    Posted on 1/7/17 - by Bob Ahles, Wolfhound Brother, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    On 02 Apr 1970 a recon team from F Company, 75th Rangers, was sent into an area called the "Renegade Woods" to investigate reports of a large NVA/VC force. The Rangers found the enemy - all they could handle and more besides. Companies B and C, 2nd Bn, 27th Infantry, were inserted as the initial reaction force; A/2/27 joined in the late afternoon, and two additional companies from 2/22nd Infantry came in the next day. By the time the fighting ended several days later, over 100 NVA/VA troops from the 271st NVA/VC Regiment were dead, a large base camp was in American hands, and twelve American soldiers were dead:
    • 2nd Bn, 27th Inf Rgt, 25th Infantry Division
    o CPL Dwight H. Ball, Sardis, OH, A Company (KIA 04/03/1970)
    o SGT John J. Lyons, Yonkers, NY, B Company
    o SSG William T. Smith, Marshfield, WI, B Company
    o SGT Mickey E. Griffith, San Gabriel, CA, C Company
    o SSG Melvyn H. Kalili, Hauula, HI, C Company
    o 1LT Ronald V. Kolb, Washington, DC, C Company
    o SGT John E. Rarrick, Beaver Dams, NY, C Company (Dist Svc Cross)
    o CPL Severiano Rios, Oak Creek, WI, C Company

    • F Co, 75th Inf Rgt
    o SFC Alvin W. Floyd, Augusta, GA, (Dist Svc Cross)
    o SSG Michael F. Thomas, Louisville, KY
    o SGT Donald W. Tinney, New York, NY (DoW 04/14/1970) (Silver Star)

    • B Btry, 2nd Bn, 77th Arty Rgt
    o 2LT Orville E. Kitchen, Dayton, OH
  • Rest in Peace & Honor

    Posted on 1/7/17 - by Bob Ahles, Wolfhound Brother, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor John.
  • Old comrade

    Posted on 11/3/16 - by Chuck foley
    We were newbies together,scared, unsure of ourselves. He was Yonkers, I was jersey we had a lot in common so we buddied up for awhile. We went on to do different jobs. I cannot say I have been quite the same since his death. I wish
    John's family all the peace and serenity possible. He was a good man , the kind of person a family can be proud of.
  • Rest in Peace Brother

    Posted on 2/27/15 - by John P. Kashchy
    I was assigned to the Radar Section of Company E 2/27 Infantry (Wolfhounds) and met John in Feb or Mar 1970 while his squad was pulling overnight security for our Radar site in the village of Binh Than, which was Northwest of Cu Chi, about 3700 meters from the Cambodian Border. We hit it off immediately since I grew up in Dobbs Ferry, we talked a lot about home during our short times together. I lost track of John after his squad moved on and our Radar Section moved to a new location at the end of March. It was only after we returned to Cu Chi that I found out of his death. I am still not able reflect on my time in Viet Nam, without John coming to mind. Rest in Peace Brother.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/3/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT John Joseph Lyons, 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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