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ERNEST BALDONADO AMADOR


is honored on Panel 9E, Line 121 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Final Mission of SGT Ernest B. Amador

    Posted on 1/12/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    At about 1100 hours on August 10, 1966, during Operation Colorado, the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, made contact with elements of two NVA battalions in the vicinity of Cam Khe hamlets (1) and (2) on Route 586, 5 miles west of Tam Ky in Quang Tin Province, RVN. The initial contact developed into a full-fledged battle fought in a driving rainstorm which did not clear until about 1730 hours. Although Marine Observation Squadron 6 (VMO-6) provided armed helicopter gunship support, and both shore-based artillery and naval gunfire supported the Marines, fixed-wing aircraft were unable to operate in the area until the rainstorm broke. The 1/5 Marines suffered 14 men killed in action with another 65 wounded, but killed more than 100 NVA troops before the battle ended on the morning of August 11th. Three Navy corpsmen were among the dead, including HN Lawrence T. Steiner, HM3 James T. Elrod, and HM3 Walter P. Jackson. SSGT Robert T. Walsh, a gunner on a medevac helicopter from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMH-361), was also killed after suffering gunshot wounds to the chest during a medical evacuation. The lost 1/5 Marines included SGT Ernest B. Amador, LCPL Richard P. Donathan, PFC David L. Faught, CPL Douglas B. Haddix, LCPL Robert D. Higbee, LCPL Gregory M. Howard, PFC Lawrence J. Kindred, PFC Melvin Rolle, PVT Richard A. Skinner, SGT John D. Smith, PFC Paul E. Sudsbury, PFC Kenneth E. Tasker, PFC Everette A. Thompson, and LCPL Richard W. Williamson. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and thevirtualwall.org]
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  • Never Forgotten, Forever Loved

    Posted on 5/29/17 - by Guillermo and Estella Rocha
    Ernest, to say thank you seems so little. On behalf of Toni, your widow, your three children, mom, dad and all your siblings, we love and miss you. You are our hero and I want you to know that. Rest in peace, embrace heaven. I pray mom, dad and family in heaven have seen you. You will forever have a piece of our hearts. Your sister Estella. We love you Neto.
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 8/29/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR SGT. AMADOR,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A MARINE MACHINE GUNNER.
    I AM SO SORRY YOU WERE LOST NEAR YOUR BIRTHDAY.
    REST IN PEACE AND SEMPER FI.
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  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 8/10/13 - by A Marine, USMC, Vietnam
    Semper Fi, Sergeant.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/10/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT Ernest Baldonado Amador, 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
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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