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DONALD RAY VINSON

  • Wall Name:DONALD R VINSON
  • Date of Birth:11/20/1938
  • Date of Casualty:7/14/1965
  • Home of Record:HAMMOND
  • County of Record:LAKE COUNTY
  • State:IN
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Line: 2E, 37
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

JAMES MELVEN PENNY

  • Wall Name:JAMES M PENNY
  • Date of Birth:9/19/1944
  • Date of Casualty:7/15/1965
  • Home of Record:CINCINNATI
  • County of Record:HAMILTON COUNTY
  • State:OH
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line: 2E, 38
  • Casualty Province:KHANH HOA

RIGOBERTO COTO CHACON


is honored on Panel 2E, Line 37 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • THANKS

    Posted on 11/1/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik Bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Sgt Rigoberto Chacon,
    Thank you for your service as a Radio Operator. I wish you hadn't passes so close to your birthday, sigh. Today we celebrate all the saints in heaven. Today, we celebrate you. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • Sunset in Tres Rios

    Posted on 1/30/16 - by Luis Meseguer
    This is today Jan 30 th , 2016 real picture of the sunset in Tres Rios, the town where Rigoberto was born and he did grow up last century. Hope all of us do remind his example. God bless his family and friends.
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  • HOUR-LONG CONG BARRAGE KILLS TWO AMERICANS, 40 VIET SOLDIERS

    Posted on 1/30/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    By Edwin Q. White, Saigon, AP

    Viet Cong guerrillas killed two Americans and at least 40 South Vietnamese troops Thursday in an hour-long barrage attack on a government command post 35 miles north of Saigon, eyewitnesses reported. The guerrillas laid down their barrage with 81mm mortars and 57mm recoilless rifles on the Vietnamese unit engaged in a road clearing operation along Route 13 in an area controlled by the Viet Cong, informants at the scene said. There was no ground assault, and all contact apparently was broken off after the barrage ended. A relief force was lived into the area by helicopter several hours after the pre-dawn battle. It found the bodies of the Vietnamese soldiers and the two Americans scattered around the command post at the edge of the tiny village of Bau Bang. One wounded American also was found, and there were at least 20 others wounded, witnesses said. The wreckage of at least five armored personnel carriers that had been positioned around the command post lay strewn over the area. Earlier reports said that the government force was hit by a battalion of guerrillas. A battalion usually numbers between 300 and 500 men. A newsman who accompanied the relief force to Bau Bang also saw the body of one dead Viet Cong. A U.S. military spokesman in Saigon reported that casualties in the attack had been "heavy." He said there were nine Americans with the Vietnamese unit and that there had been American casualties. The Vietnamese units and their American advisers had bivouacked for the night when the Viet Cong attacked. [Taken from Tacoma News Tribune, Tacoma WA, July 15, 1965] (Note: The two lost Americans from this incident were SSGT Patrick Spiker Jr. and SGT Rigoberto C. Chacon)
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/7/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SGT Rigoberto Coto Chacon, 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.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • My DAD

    Posted on 12/18/13 - by Takashi Chacon
    I was very young when my dad went to vietnam, my main regret is that I wish he did not go. It was his second tour of duty and he was going to retire. I always wonder my my life would of been like if he stayed at home instead of going there. I miss you dad. I will always cherish the memories we had.
    I love you DAD
    your loving son Takashi
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