RAYMOND J AQUINO
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HONORED ON PANEL 14W, LINE 45 OF THE WALL

RAYMOND JOHN AQUINO

WALL NAME

RAYMOND J AQUINO

PANEL / LINE

14W/45

DATE OF BIRTH

05/16/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/19/1970

HOME OF RECORD

CHICAGO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cook County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PVT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RAYMOND JOHN AQUINO
POSTED ON 9.20.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR PRIVATE AQUINO,
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN ARMY GRUNT. REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 6.25.2015
POSTED BY: Diane

Ray Aquino

My first date was a blind date, Ray. He was a gentleman, as I was 16 and he, 20. We did a lot of driving around, listening and singing to the radio and making light talk. He had an old car that dumped exhaust fumes inside, and a floor that was rotted away. I'm sure he tried to make our dates as nice as possible, as he obviously had little money to spend. The thing I was very impressed about was that he would travel from downtown Chicago to the suburbs to pick me up every Saturday night for a 2 hour date. He was drafted about a year after we met, and we wrote to each other. When I was just 18 years old in 1970, 3 of my letters were returned and a letter from the army. I wished I wrote him more often and sent more packages, as he always enjoyed it so much. Thank you, Ray, for giving your life for all of us. I have always thought of you on May 16.
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POSTED ON 6.14.2015
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of PVT Raymond J. Aquino

On January 19, 1970, a day after conducting bomb damage assessment of a B-52 Arc Light strike in dense jungle about 45 kilometers north of An Khe, members of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry marched into an ambush by an unknown number of enemy soldiers. The attack came from a concealed bunker complex fixed with supporting firing positions. Five members of 2nd Platoon died in the attack, including PVT Raymond J. “John” Aquino, 2LT Mel E. Salazar Jr., PFC Dale R. Forsythe, PFC Juan Fret-Camacho, and SP4 Aubrey A. Wiggins. All were killed by small arms fire. When the shooting stopped and the enemy withdrew, the five dead soldiers were retrieved. It took a significant effort by their comrades to carry the five and their gear through thick forest a half mile back to a secure area where they remained overnight. The following morning helicopters arrived to extract the fallen warriors. [Taken from cacti35th.org]
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POSTED ON 3.20.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PVT Raymond John Aquino, 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
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POSTED ON 6.25.2013

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