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  • Wall Name:JOHN P MURPHY
  • Date of Birth:10/17/1946
  • Date of Casualty:11/10/1968
  • Home of Record:CONSHOHOCKEN
  • County of Record:MONTGOMERY COUNTY
  • State:PA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:39W, 45
  • Casualty Province:BINH DUONG


  • Wall Name:JOHN G RITCH
  • Date of Birth:11/18/1948
  • Date of Casualty:11/10/1968
  • Home of Record:PARRISH
  • County of Record:WALKER COUNTY
  • State:AL
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:39W, 45
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI


is honored on Panel 39W, Line 45 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • In Honor

    Posted on 11/10/16 - by John Braun
    Jesse, You are remembered and honored.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/29/15 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PVT Jesse Milton Red Hawk, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter

    Posted on 1/22/15 - by Larry Jinkins
    The 589th Engineers Battalion Association (Vietnam) web page is The Association holds a reunion every year in September in Branson, Missouri. Jesse is honored each year at the reunion during the memorial service.
  • Remembered

    Posted on 5/5/13 - by

    I served with him in Company A, 589th, Vietnam 1968. Its been 45 years and I've never forgot him. He was a great guy.

  • Remembered

    Posted on 3/19/11
    Jesse Milton Red Hawk was born in Pine Ridge on April 9, 1948, to Ward and Jeanette (Richards) Red Hawk. Jesse was the oldest; he had three brothers, John, Melvin, and Wardell and three sisters, Gail, Leota, and Mary. Jesse attended Pine Ridge High School. His brother, Melvin, remembers that Jesse was a quiet person who liked to hunt and fish. Jesse enlisted in the service and entered active duty on May 9, 1967, at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He commenced his tour of Vietnam on December 22, 1967 as a member of Company A, 589th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade. Melvin remembers that he wrote home while he was still in the States, but once he was in Vietnam, his letters were “few and far between.” On November 10, 1968, Private Jesse Milton Red Hawk died of wounds he received in Ninh Thuan Province, South Vietnam. It is believed that someone from Ellsworth Air Force Base came down to notify his family that he’d been killed. His body was returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Rest in peace with the warriors.
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The Wall of Faces

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