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  • Wall Name:ERVIN L RUSH
  • Date of Birth:10/4/1947
  • Date of Casualty:4/3/1968
  • Home of Record:SACRAMENTO
  • County of Record:SACRAMENTO COUNTY
  • State:CA
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:LCPL
  • Panel/Row:47E, 54
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI


  • Date of Birth:9/23/1947
  • Date of Casualty:4/3/1968
  • Home of Record:PAWNEE
  • County of Record:SANGAMON COUNTY
  • State:IL
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Row:47E, 58
  • Casualty Province:PLEIKU


is honored on Panel 47E, Row 54 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • To a wonderful young classmate

    Posted on 4/14/14 - by Cheryl Hatch Drinnon
    You were always known as being happy and funny and an all around great guy by everyone at Waterford High. Who could forget your great smile and personality bigger than life. God Bless you for your sacrifice.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/22/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Gary Ardean Ryden, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 12/19/09 - by Robert Sage
    Gary is buried at Perry Mount Park Cemetery in Pontiac, MI. PH
  • Michigan Remembers Her Fallen Sons

    Posted on 4/3/09

    We will remember your brave service and ultimate sacrifice. May you rest in peace.
  • The Smile

    Posted on 6/28/08 - by Gloria Houck Steinbach
    The smile tells it all for those who knew Gary. That warm, sweet, mischievious personality.

    In the arms of God and forever in the hearts of all who knew him. We miss you dear friend.
  • Like Ships in the Night

    Posted on 1/17/03 - by Jaime B. D'Arcy-Garcia

    Having known you briefly was indeed a great honor. I was so very sorry to hear of your death. You are with God now. Nos vemos otra vez en las pasturas de cielo. Save a place for me.
    Tu amigo!
  • Going Home

    Posted on 11/14/02 - by Dan Jordan
    The last thing I really remember Gary saying was a few nights before we moved out to Khe Sahn. Gary told us all he wasn't afraid because he knew he was going home. Three nights later I found him mortally wounded after a rocket attack on our company. The bitter irony of his words has stayed with me every moment since.....
  • Remembering an old friend

    Posted on 6/1/00 - by Susan Murphy
    I'm so sorry Gary was lost in Viet Nam. I remember our years with him through grade school and high school. The fun in the summers at Elizabeth Lake Estates. Playing the juke box and dancing in the clubhouse, piling lots of bodies into the phone booth there. The night a car hit him as we walked home from the lake in the dark. Slow dancing in my basement....the parties where we all got our first kisses. He was a cherished childhood friend.

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