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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/Row: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/Row:39W, 45
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI


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

Leave a Remembrance


  • 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.

    Posted on 5/5/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
  • Who Shall We Send

    Posted on 11/10/04 - by Dave Avery
    "An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."

    Isaiah 6:8

    Facta Non Verba
  • We Remember

    Posted on 2/29/04 - by Robert Sage
    Jesse is buried at Blackhills Nat Cem, Sturgis,SD.
  • Gridley High School Social/Political Science Class Project

    Posted on 11/10/03 - by Jordan Meiss

    Being a junior at Gridley High School, I have no personal ties or links to this fallen soldier. However, I do believe it is important to recognize and remember this man's service to his country. My sympathy rests with this soldier at his grave. He died with the most honor obtainable. May God rest his soul and bless his loved ones.
  • 35 years ago today

    Posted on 11/10/03 - by Clark0429
    Remembering veterans as tomorrow is their day. And that veterans represent all makes of Americans. Don't know if Red Hawk was of American Indian descent, but reckon it is so. I hold this spot warm at the virtual wall until a friend comes in my place.
  • Remembering a Great Soldier

    Posted on 11/10/03 - by Cory Foster
    You don’t know me or my family, but as a student at Gridley High School in Gridley Illinois, I owe you a great debt of gratitude. In our U.S. History class we have been asked to post remembrances for those who have given their lives for us. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten. Thank you.

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