HONORED ON PANEL 6W, LINE 50 OF THE WALL

RONALD EDWARD GARLAND

WALL NAME

RONALD E GARLAND

PANEL / LINE

6W/50

DATE OF BIRTH

11/16/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/11/1970

HOME OF RECORD

NIAGARA FALLS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Niagara County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RONALD EDWARD GARLAND
POSTED ON 8.27.2023

Ground Casualty

On May 16, 1971, a New York Times article described heroin use by American troops in Vietnam had reached epidemic proportions. The piece reported that 10 to 15 percent of lower-ranking enlisted men were heroin users, and military officials working in drug‐suppression estimated that as much as a quarter of all enlisted personnel, more than 60,000 men, were hooked. They added that some field surveys reported units with more than 50 percent of the men on heroin. In Vietnam, the drug was plentiful, cheap, and 95 percent pure. Its effects could casually be achieved through smoking or snorting, as compared to the U.S., where the drug was impure, only about five percent heroin, and had to be main-lined or injected into the bloodstream to achieve a comparable high. The habit, which cost $100 a day to maintain in the U.S., cost less than $5 a day in Vietnam. PFC Ronald E. Garland was a machine gunner serving with Headquarters & Service Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. On the evening of November 10, 1970, Garland was taken into custody by military police after several aggravated assaults and a communicated threat. He was placed under guard at the 1st Marine Division’s Provost Marshall’s office at Da Nang in Quang Nam Province, RVN, where he was checked at 15-minute intervals. During a 2:30 AM check, Garland was noted to be breathing with difficulty. He was transferred to the 1st Medical Battalion where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Last rites were administered by a Navy chaplain and the remains were positively identified by two fellow Marines. Postmortem and toxicology studies were performed which determined Garland died from pulmonary edema secondary to respiratory depression (failure) induced by the synergistic effect of heroin and alcohol. He was 20 years. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “G.I. Heroin Addiction Epidemic in Vietnam.” New York Times (New York, NY), May 16, 1971; obituary from the Buffalo Courier (Buffalo, NY), November 22, 1970]
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POSTED ON 9.18.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. While all deaths in Vietnam are tragic that you died just five days before your 21st birthday is especially so. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 11.16.2021
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Private First Class Ronald Edward Garland, Served with the Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 11.15.2021
POSTED BY: Donna Moore

Happy Heavenly Birthday

You will forever remain in our hearts and prayers
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POSTED ON 11.11.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Ronald Garland,
Thank you for your service as a Machine Gunner. Today is your 48th anniversary, sad. Happy Veterans' Day. 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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