HONORED ON PANEL 41W, LINE 72 OF THE WALL

RONALD MARVIN DELP

WALL NAME

RONALD M DELP

PANEL / LINE

41W/72

DATE OF BIRTH

08/04/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

DINH TUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/18/1968

HOME OF RECORD

DELAWARE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Ripley County

STATE

IN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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LEFT FOR RONALD MARVIN DELP
POSTED ON 2.17.2023

Final Mission of SP4 Ronald M. Delp

On October 18, 1968, elements of the 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division clashed with an estimated Viet Cong (VC) battalion about ten miles south of Cai Lay in Dinh Tuong Province, RVN. The fighting killed fifty-nine enemy at the cost of seven U.S. lives. Acting on intelligence, the "Doughboys" of D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry were flown in to establish contact and immediately taken under fire. An intense firefight broke out as the enemy withdrew to a bunker line near a river. As the infantrymen moved toward the tree line, they came under heavy fire, wounding SP4 Ronald M. Delp. Others exposed themselves to pull Delp to safety; however, Delp was hit again and killed, and the unit's radio operator (RTO) was hit in the chest. As medic PFC Wayne J. Benes worked on the RTO, he was hit and mortally wounded. A D Troop UH-1D helicopter (#66-16480) was loaded with the casualties but was brought down by small arms and a rocket-propelled grenade round while lifting out. PFC Michael D. Paonessa, a radio liaison with the ground troops, became trapped beneath the downed ship and inundated with JP4 jet fuel. Brute force (reportedly twenty men) lifted the helicopter enough to remove Paonessa and he was medevacked to a base hospital; however, he sustained fatal damage to his lungs after inhaling JP4 and died the next day. Paonessa was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Additional troops from 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry were airlifted into the contact area. Alpha Company, 1/16th Infantry, led by 2nd Platoon, was ambushed while attempting to reach the downed helicopter, killing SSG Otis L. Norris Jr., SGT Larry D. Bennett, and SGT Randall E. Welch. Supporting arms were placed on enemy positions as 105mm, 155mm, and eight-inch artillery pounded the VC. During the night, B Company, 6th Battalion, 31st Infantry engaged eight VC in two sampans trying to escape. A multitude of enemy weapons were captured, and ten pounds of documents recovered. An infantryman from D-6/31st, SGT Lester C. Mc Ginnis II, was killed in the fighting. The next day, fleeing enemy were killed by gunships, artillery, and Air Force strikes. Sixteen suspects were detained, dozens of bunkers destroyed, and more enemy weapons were captured. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “‘Go Devils’ kill 59 Viet Cong.” The Old Reliable (9th Infantry Division publication), October 30, 1968; also, information provided by Barney Tharp (November 2003) at virtualwall.org]
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POSTED ON 4.20.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from your brother Kent is moving. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us.
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POSTED ON 5.28.2018
POSTED BY: Rick Kane

NEVER FORGOTTEN

Ron was my best friend in Vietnam. We spent many nights talking about anything and everything. He was Delp to me and I was Doc to him. He had my back on every mission we were on together. I left country 2 weeks before he was kia, I did not of his death for 35yrs.I have pictures of him if interested I've thought about him every day for 50 yrs.
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POSTED ON 4.29.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Ronald Delp,
Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Tomorrow is the 43rd anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. It has been too long, and it's about time 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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POSTED ON 11.16.2015
POSTED BY: Barbara Clark

Uncle i never met

Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. I wish we could have known you. You have 2 great nephews and 1 great (plus others from my sister)My dad talked about you all the time. I hope dad and you are together having a great time catching up.
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