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is honored on Panel 32W, Line 20 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • A Beautiful Human Being

    Posted on 12/22/18 - by Lidio Rivera
    First met him towards the end of 1968 after we had been pulled out of the mountains west of Phu Bai and assigned to guard a village on Route 1 to the south of Camp Eagle. Nino was part of a batch of new replacements fresh from the states and he was the most impressive of them all simply by his quiet, respectful yet unfearful demeanor. He was eager to learn and ready to carry out whatever new assignment was asked of him. Consciously, or not, I was not into making friends during my tour of duty, however, I have to say that Nino quickly became one of the few exceptions to the rule. I want his family to know, especially his daughter, that he was a beautiful human being. It brings tears to my eyes every time I see his picture here or his name on the wall. As for his walking on the trail, well, I know I too walked point, or slack, on many a trail in the mountains west of Phu Bai near the Laotian border. It was the only realistic way to make it up and down those mountains as otherwise you'd get nowhere and you would sound like a herd of elephants trying to make it thru the brush. Didn't learn of his death until I was back at Ft. Bragg shortly before my discharge in mid-1969. Nino, you may be gone but you are not forgotten. Never forget you telling me about the history of pizza making. Still miss you. Proud to have known and served with you. May you rest in peace my brother.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/26/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Antonino Ruggeri, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 10/4/11 - by Jack Ruffer
    In Remembrance
  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/2/10 - by Robert Sage
    Antonino is buried at Ontario Cemetery in Ontario, CA. BSM PH
  • Posted on 3/14/07 - by Bill Nelson 2/502 Infantry 101st Airborne


    "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-laden 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 2/502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne STRIKE FORCE Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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