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WILLIAM CORNELIUS RYAN JR


is honored on Panel 25W, Line 54 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remains of Marine shot down during Vietnam War heading home after 48 years

    Posted on 2/25/17 - by Anonymous
    A Marine radar intercept officer missing nearly 48 years after he was shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War has been accounted for after his remains were found last year, the Bergen Record reports.

    The remains of Marine Corps Reserve 1st Lt. William (Billy) Ryan, of Bogota, N.J., were identified through DNA tests conducted by the Defense Pow/MIA Accounting Agency at the Pentagon, the paper reported Friday.

    Ryan’s plane crashed on a combat mission in southern Laos near the Vietnam border on May 11, 1969, the day before his son’s first birthday.
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  • Welcome Home

    Posted on 1/8/17 - by Michael Davison msdavison3@gmail.com
    Hey Billy,

    I hear that your remains are finally coming back stateside. I hope it finally brings some closure to your beautiful wife and child, who, despite losing you, persevered and are living happily, with you in their minds everyday.

    When we lost you, we never forgot about you. You became this larger than life character in our family's lexicon, an essential part of it that taught us about the horrors of combat, the unsurmountable loss that will never be replaced. And though it pains us to this day, your death was not in vain. As in living, you brought insight to us in your death.

    I never knew you, but I have worn your MA-1 jacket, and have your squadron patches in my keepsake box. Because of you, I joined the Marines, and while my service doesn't compare in the least bit to what you did and sacrificed, I became a Marine because of you. I remain, as ever, in your debt. Thank you. I love you. Semper Fidelis.



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  • Never forget "Young Billy Ryan"!!!!!

    Posted on 11/23/16 - by J.McK. mckendry2@yahoo.com
    Thanksgiving '16 Bill and I'm thankful I had such a great friend, even for such a short time. You've been a frequent inspiration for me thru the years. When life throws a curve ball/blocks my shot I think of you and the many men/women who never got the chance to experience life. Nothing Nothing Nothing will take away my will to be happy and live my life according to my own tune. In that regard I'm only copying your example. Your entire life is an example of pure courage, pleasant swagger and an innate sense of confidence/positives instincts. Why else would you have voluntarily joined the Marines and served so courageously/heroically? Anyone looking at your Marine record has to be impressed with your talents and incredible competitiveness. Thank you for such an example to emulate.

    BTW: Met your son Mike in July and your grandson Tyler....Mike is your twin and Tyler, I understand, loves football as much as you did. You'd be sooo proud of the man Mike has become....even has that gunslinger laugh of yours.
    Just thinking about you Bill and want to Thank You again for being you, 1st Lt, USMC....Bill C. Ryan.....Never Forgotten!!!!
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/19/16 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear 1LT William Cornelius Ryan Jr, 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
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  • Thank you!

    Posted on 10/17/15
    My father is David j watson. He was also a RIO and served in vmfa 115 at the same time as mr Ryan. We will never forget the service and sacrifice of him and his family.
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