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BOBBIE MAXSEN AUTON

  • Wall Name:BOBBIE M AUTON
  • Date of Birth:4/18/1942
  • Date of Casualty:5/23/1967
  • Home of Record:TAYLORSVILLE
  • County of Record:ALEXANDER COUNTY
  • State:NC
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:20E, 88
  • Casualty Province:HUA NGHIA

ROBERT JAMES BOHMER

  • Wall Name:ROBERT J BOHMER
  • Date of Birth:3/9/1946
  • Date of Casualty:5/23/1967
  • Home of Record:MILWAUKEE
  • County of Record:MILWAUKEE COUNTY
  • State:WI
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:20E, 89
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NGAI

RALPH W BLACKERBY


is honored on Panel 20E, Line 89 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Indiana Hero

    Posted on 9/28/17 - by Tom Clark and Brenna McCormack, Lake Central High School, St. John, Indiana ushistoryman@yahoo.com
    Picture posted by Tom Clark, Teacher and Students, Lake Central High School, St. John, Indiana.
    Please watch our video about what we have been doing in the classroom for the past 32 years.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohw6D-bcfPU
    Picture from the Plain Dealer Library
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  • Silver Star (First Award)

    Posted on 5/23/17 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Ralph W. Blackerby
    Date of birth: May 1, 1947
    Date of death: May 23, 1967
    Home of record: Muncie Indiana
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Silver Star

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    SYNOPSIS: Private First Class Ralph W. Blackerby (ASN: 16798920), United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam.

    Service: Army

    Rank: Private First Class

    Company: Company B

    Battalion: 1st Battalion

    Regiment: 35th Infantry Regiment

    Division: 25th Infantry Division

    Silver Star
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    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Private First Class Ralph W. Blackerby (ASN: 16798920), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 23 May 1967 Private First Class Blackerby distinguished himself while serving as a Machine gunner in Company B, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, conducting a search and destroy operation near Duc Pho. The company made contact with a North Vietnamese Army force estimated at battalion size and a battle began. Private First Class Blackerby's platoon provided covering fire as the other two platoons advanced on the enemy. The battle raged for an extended period and after two hours of almost continuous firing, the platoon began to run low on ammunition. Private First Class Blackerby rectified the situation, dodging the enemy fire to supply his comrades with the needed ammunition. When the enemy established an automatic weapons position dangerously close to the platoon, he ventured forth alone and eliminated the menace. At dusk, it became evident that the platoon would have to withdraw to more defensible positions for the night. The enemy was still pressing heavily on the platoon, but Private First Class Blackerby remained in position out in front of the friendly lines, and as the platoon withdrew, he swept the enemy positions with devastating machine gun fire. The enemy was distracted and the platoon moved out safely. In the course of his heroic efforts he was mortally wounded. His last act before he succumbed was to destroy his weapon with a grenade, denying it to the enemy. Private First Class Blackerby's tenacity and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy enabled his platoon to hold against the numerically superior enemy force. His exceptional courage and self-sacrificing devotion to his fellow man are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

    Action Date: May 23, 1967

    Service: Army

    Rank: Private First Class

    Company: Company B

    Battalion: 1st Battalion

    Regiment: 35th Infantry Regiment

    Division: 25th Infantry Division
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  • Silver Star (Second Award)

    Posted on 5/23/17 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Ralph W. Blackerby
    Date of birth: May 1, 1947
    Date of death: May 23, 1967
    Home of record: Muncie Indiana
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS
    Silver Star


    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Private First Class Ralph W. Blackerby (ASN: 16798920), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 23 May 1967 Private First Class Blackerby distinguished himself while serving as a Machine gunner in Company B, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, conducting a search and destroy operation near Duc Pho. The company made contact with a North Vietnamese Army force estimated at battalion size and a battle began. Private First Class Blackerby's platoon provided covering fire as the other two platoons advanced on the enemy. The battle raged for an extended period and after two hours of almost continuous firing, the platoon began to run low on ammunition. Private First Class Blackerby rectified the situation, dodging the enemy fire to supply his comrades with the needed ammunition. When the enemy established an automatic weapons position dangerously close to the platoon, he ventured forth alone and eliminated the menace. At dusk, it became evident that the platoon would have to withdraw to more defensible positions for the night. The enemy was still pressing heavily on the platoon, but Private First Class Blackerby remained in position out in front of the friendly lines, and as the platoon withdrew, he swept the enemy positions with devastating machine gun fire. The enemy was distracted and the platoon moved out safely. In the course of his heroic efforts he was mortally wounded. His last act before he succumbed was to destroy his weapon with a grenade, denying it to the enemy. Private First Class Blackerby's tenacity and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy enabled his platoon to hold against the numerically superior enemy force. His exceptional courage and self-sacrificing devotion to his fellow man are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

    Action Date: May 23, 1967

    Service: Army

    Rank: Private First Class

    Company: Company B

    Battalion: 1st Battalion

    Regiment: 35th Infantry Regiment

    Division: 25th Infantry Division
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 3/27/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR PFC BLACKERBY,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN INFANTRYMAN. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. MANY OF US HAVE BEGUN OUR JOURNEY TO EASTER. AND YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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  • Wally

    Posted on 3/12/17 - by Pat Bonham Kearney
    I remember he lived across the street from us as kids, we all played ball on the legion parking lot. He was a nice guy
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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