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is honored on Panel 41W, Line 42 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Battle Northwest of Trang Bang

    Posted on 1/18/18 - by Bob Ahles, Wolfhound Brother, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    On 10 Oct 1968 Alpha Company 2/12 Infantry was conducting a recon-in-force about 2 kilometers northwest of Trang Bang, Hau Nghia Province. As the lead platoon approached the hamlet of Xa Lom Vo the point squad came under murderous small arms and automatic weapons fire from a treeline, killing or wounding several men, one of whom - SP4 E. A. Handrahan, the left point - fell in a position where he could not be seen by his comrades or by the command and control helicopter. Despite repeated efforts, which resulted in additional US casualties, three of the men hit in the intial exchange of fires could not be recovered - Handrahan, who could not be seen but who was calling out, and two others who lay motionless. The platoon leader pulled his men back so that aircraft could work the treeline while the rest of Alpha 2/12 deployed. As the day progressed, it became clear to the ground commander that all three of his trapped men had died, and heavier air strikes were called as the company formed a night defensive perimeter.

    At daybreak Alpha reentered the engagement area and recovered the bodies of the two men who had fallen in the open. The area where Handrahan went down had been hit by bombs and his body was not found. Three of the five dead were awarded posthumous Distinguished Service Crosses, all for their efforts to protect and recover the men hit by the initial fires.

    The five men were:

    SFC Eugene A. Handrahan, St Paul, MN;
    SGT Baynes B. McSwain, San Marcos, TX (Dist Svc Cross);
    SP4 Stanley G. Denisowski, Utica, NY (Dist Svc Cross);
    CPL Michael E. Evans, Greensboro, GA; and
    CPL Michael E. Randall, Noblesville, IN (Dist Svc Cross).

    Four other men from C Company, 2nd Bn, 27th Infantry, which had been inserted to assist Alpha 2/12, also were killed in the fighting:

    SGT Ronnie Blair, St Marys, OH;
    SP4 John W. Robinson, Charleston, SC;
    SP4 Waymon L. Triggs, Houston, TX; and
    PFC Angel L. Ramos, Jersey City, NJ.
  • Peace with Honor

    Posted on 1/18/18 - 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 Angel.
  • You Are Remembered

    Posted on 8/12/17 - by Mike Almer
    Angel was assigned to my squad in Co. C, 2/27th Wolfhounds. He was only with us a very short time and died before any of us got to know him well. That made no difference to his fellow 1st Platoon mates who fell going to his aid. Ronnie Blair and Waymon Triggs died along side of Angel on 10/10/68 and, fittingly, all their names remain close to each other's on the Wall, a sight which will always bring tears to my eyes. I was not on the patrol where these young men were lost but I will never forget them.
  • Thank You

    Posted on 10/10/16 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Thank you PFC Ramos for your leadership and exemplary courage under fire.
  • Angel L Ramos

    Posted on 5/31/16 - by Fredrick Tritthart
    We met in basic training. Your name was easy to remember. I seen your name in the Jersey Journal when they started the Vietnam Memorial in New Jersey. I started to look for others in our training. But yours was the only one. If I remember right you was married and had two children.
    I took my grandson to the memorial and pointed out your name. He asked grandpa why didn't you save him. Had no answer. Tried to explain I was in a different place then you. Just wanted to write to let people know something about you. We where together for eight short weeks but I remember you. Rest in peace my Brother
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