RONALD L CROOKS
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HONORED ON PANEL 21E, LINE 66 OF THE WALL

RONALD LEE CROOKS

WALL NAME

RONALD L CROOKS

PANEL / LINE

21E/66

DATE OF BIRTH

10/04/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/07/1967

HOME OF RECORD

HICKORY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Catawba County

STATE

NC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CPL

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LEFT FOR RONALD LEE CROOKS
POSTED ON 11.22.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Falk

Thanksgiving

As i get ready for this thanksgiving holiday,i pause to remember Ron and all those who are not with us.
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POSTED ON 12.22.2010
POSTED BY: bob falk

served together

as this christmas holiday approaches i remember ron and all the holidays he has missed since 1967. i always think of him at this time. semper fi your gunner bob falk.
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POSTED ON 7.25.2010
POSTED BY: robert falk

we served together

ron and i were in the same machine gun fire team. we came to nam on the uss iwo jima. i think of him often.semper fi.
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POSTED ON 6.7.2010
POSTED BY: A Marine

Silver Star Citation

Silver Star



Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War



The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Ronald L. Crooks (MCSN: 2214965), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Machine Gunner with Company B, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam, on 7 June 1967. Corporal Crooks was participating with his platoon in a search and clear operation west of Khe Sanh. The entire sweeping unit was taken under heavy and accurate mortar fire by North Vietnamese regular forces. While mortar rounds continued falling upon the patrol's position, the patrol was assaulted by a North Vietnamese platoon from well-concealed positions. Corporal Crooks immediately put his machine gun into action in the most advantageous positions and returned accurate fire upon the enemy with telling effect. An enemy grenade explosion knocked him from his gun and seriously wounded him. He refused medical treatment and returned to his gun and continued to deliver accurate fire until a second grenade mortally wounded him. By his courageous actions and devotion to duty, Corporal Crooks contributed substantially and directly to the success of the patrol in containing and repelling the enemy. His selfless efforts in behalf of others served to inspire all who observed him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.



Action Date: 7-Jun-67



Service: Marine Corps



Rank: Corporal



Company: Company B



Battalion: 1st Battalion



Regiment: 26th Marines



Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF


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POSTED ON 5.6.2010

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