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  • Date of Birth:12/23/1947
  • Date of Casualty:6/9/1970
  • Home of Record:DAVENPORT
  • County of Record:SCOTT COUNTY
  • State:IA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP5
  • Panel/Row:9W, 35
  • Casualty Province:THUA THIEN


  • Date of Birth:12/18/1950
  • Date of Casualty:6/9/1970
  • Home of Record:PUEBLO
  • County of Record:PUEBLO COUNTY
  • State:CO
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP5
  • Panel/Row: 9W, 35
  • Casualty Province:BINH DINH


is honored on Panel 9W, Row 35 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 7/5/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Captain John Leslie Ryder, Served with the 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron, 504th Tactical Air Support Group, 7th Air Force.
  • In Memory of Many, In Honor of All

    Posted on 6/1/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Captain Ryder, sir

    Remembering you and those you served with during the observance of this Memorial Day, on May 30, 2016. You are not and will not be forgotten. May America always stand, and may it stand for the freedom that you defended.

    With respect, Sir

  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 6/1/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Captain John Leslie Ryder, 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
  • I have your bracelet, too

    Posted on 3/8/16 - by Leslie Grabowski
    I still have your POW/MIA bracelet, and I am donating it to The Palm Springs Air Museum's Vietnam POW/MIA Bracelet Display.

    I Googled your name today, and it was eerie to see that your middle name was Leslie, which is my first name. I was sad to see that you did not make it back from the war. I live outside DC, so I will definitely find your name on the Vietnam Memorial, which I have visited several times.

    RIP. Lt Ryder, and thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice.
  • Today I recieved your bracelet

    Posted on 1/28/16 - by
    CPT John Leslie Ryder...Gone but Never Forgotten. Today I received your bracelet from a very thoughtful and kind Vietnam Veteran. I work at the Chisholm Post Office and this veteran noticed I wear a KIA bracelet for my brother, SPC George W. Cauley who lost his life in Afghanistan 9 Oct 2009. (rest in peace brother). I also noticed he wore a KIA bracelet for his brother that he lost in Vietnam. We got to talking and he told me about CPT John Leslie Ryder who was from Chisholm, MN and is MIA. I will proudly wear both bracelets in remembrance of both of these brave Heroes and the sacrifices they gave. God Bless and I will Never Forget.
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