Remembering An American HeroPosted on 5/11/16 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear 2LT Robert Crawford Ransom Jr, sirMORE
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, Sir
We RememberPosted on 1/5/13 - by Robert Sage email@example.com
Robert is buried at Maple Hill Cemetery, Dorset, VT.
I will always remember youPosted on 6/5/07 - by Connie Schlosser SmithI am the one who wrote your parents about your valiant efforts to live; you do still live, Mike, in all of our hearts. You will never be forgottenMORE
One of the “Better than Best ”Posted on 12/3/04 - by Robert J. Peluso, Jr. OPDORT@aol.comWE STILL REMEMBER. Your Officer Candidate School classmates from the "Better than Best" 91st Company. Gallagher's Gryffins. Infantry Officer Class 42-67, Fort Benning, Georgia, 5 February 67 to 21 July 67. WE SALUTE YOU, Mike.MORE
ThanksPosted on 6/13/02 - by MarkA thanks to you, Robert, for your sacrifice in service to the USA -- from a former Bronxville resident.
Thanks RobertPosted on 3/18/02 - by Peter MercurioI also enjoy my freedom along with co-worker Jim Carney who told me of your sascrifice. Your spirit lives with me, I am forever thankful for your bravery. God Bless you!!! Pete M.MORE
A Final Letter from Vietnam May 1968Posted on 3/6/02 - by James Carney
Mr. & Mrs. Ransom
It is with great difficulty that I write this letter expressing my deepest sympathy over the loss of your son. I have never written a letter like this before, but then in my six years of nursing, I have never met so courageous an individual as your son. His sense of humor and will to live made my work so much easier. Things he could no longer do for himself-like brushing his teeth, things that brought him discomfort-like turning him, brought only thank-you's, Humorous remarks, a gleaming smile, or a twinkle from his eyes. Mike fought hard, terribly hard, to overcome his body's wounded condition. But strong as he was, his body could only endure so much. Mike was never afraid, and although I'm sure he realized what was happening he never , never lost his smile and his courage. I guess I really wanted you to know that Mike did not die alone, with no caring, I cared, we all cared...We all share your sorrow.
Be ever so proud of Mike
Captain Connie Schlosser, U S Army
Carved in StonePosted on 3/6/02 - by James Carney MORE
Letters HomePosted on 3/5/02 - by James Carney
I read your letters home . I thank your family for sharing them with us.
"The Souls of the Just are in the hands of God."
Thank you for your sacrifice. J Carney
Excerpt from His Last Letter HomePosted on 6/26/01 - by Sylvia SilvaFrom "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam," edited by Bernard Edelman for the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission.MORE
"2 May 1968 (?)
P.S. You might tell any friends you have in Washington to get off their fat asses, quit quibbling, and start talking about ways to end this foolishness over here. Aside from being opposed to the damn war, it really gives me a case that LBJ, who claims to want peace and who says he'll go anywhere anytime to talk peace, has taken over a month without being able to find an acceptable site. Anywhere, according to his promise, ought to be 'acceptable'."
"During a night ambush near Quang Ngai on 3 May 1968, 2Lt. Robert Ransom, Jr., called 'Mike' by his family, was leading a platoon from Company A, 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry, 11th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, when he was seriously wounded by a mine. His death on 11 May, two months after he arrived in country, was officialy attributed to peritonitis and pneumonia resulting from his wounds. He was born and raised in Bronxville, New York, the eldest of six sons. He was 23 years old when he died."
Right on, Mike. Why didn't the government listen? Rest in peace, and I pray that God is holding you in his tender, loving hands.
Letter published in a book from him to his parents See " Dear America Letters Home From Vietnam"Posted on 4/12/01 - by RebeccaThe above book was edited by Bernard Edelman for The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission. See pages 39, 47, 180, 282.
For Louise and Robert Sr.Posted on 2/11/01Your son, Robert, came so alive to me when I interviewed you for my book, Long Time Passing. If you see this, please write me: myram.att.net With fond rememberance, Myra MacPhersonMORE
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.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.