RONALD L KOEHLER
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HONORED ON PANEL 4E, LINE 3 OF THE WALL

RONALD LEE KOEHLER

WALL NAME

RONALD L KOEHLER

PANEL / LINE

4E/3

DATE OF BIRTH

11/02/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/09/1965

HOME OF RECORD

VERNON CENTER

COUNTY OF RECORD

Blue Earth County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RONALD LEE KOEHLER
POSTED ON 12.9.2010
POSTED BY: A Marine

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Marine.
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POSTED ON 2.13.2007
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

The Faces Behind the Names

Ronald Lee Koehler
Marine Corps Private First Class

Born: November 2, 1945
Died: December 9, 1945

Ronald Lee Koehler One in a family of 14, Ronnie grew up on a small farm outside Amboy, Minnesota. His brothers and sisters share special memories of him: his rough and rowdy youth during which he loved driving the country roads; his large body frame that belied the internal tenderness; his willingness to help anyone; his good-humored pranks; his laughter; his compassion.
One brother recalls a spoiled Ronnie sitting in the apple tree, eating green apples while the older siblings worked below. An older sister smiles, remembering a young boy squirming as she washed his hair. Another sister remembers that whenever Ronnie had the special privilege in high school to talk with whomever he wanted, he always chose her, bringing along a carton of milk for her treat. A brother fondly reminisces about attending the county fairs with Ronnie and hanging around with him and his friends. A younger sister laughs about the high 10-cent wage Ronnie paid her for cleaning his room. Others remember "walking" the bean fields with him or, as he got older, just talking with him and drinking a beer or two. Another brother looks back on how devastated Ronnie was when he heard of John F. Kennedy's death. Many recall how he took special pride in his car, Uncle Eddie's old black Chevy. We laugh as we visualize the undetected baby mice in the back seat.
Sadly, the memories move to one brother's desperate race to catch the departing bus that would start Ronnie's journey to Vietnam. Sensing that it would be the last time he would see him, he mouthed the words "I love you" as Ronnie waved good-bye through the bus window. And we remember a sister's long talk with Ronnie the night before he left; his last wave from the airplane window to his younger brother; his many letters home which rarely alluded to the fighting or danger, but always ended with "Take Care and God Bless"; and his last letters that spoke of his coming home soon and of his plans when he returned.
In his letter dated October 5, 1965, Ronnie wrote, "In 62 more days, we should be back in the States. I have been thinking about getting me a '62 Chev Impala when I get home..." On December 5, 1965, he wrote, "They are starting to take people out of here by alphabetical so I still got a long way to go. Today for a change, the sun is out and I had a chance to dry my clothes out."
The following Friday at 11:00p.m., Marines knocked on the door to tell Ronnie's father, who was home alone, that his son had been killed. Ironically, it was the same day Ronnie originally would have arrived home, had his tour of duty not been extended several times. Ronnie's belongings arrived a few weeks later, with sand scattered throughout. On a cold winter day, the never-ending funeral procession showed the love people shared for him.
Even though more than 30 years have passed since Ronnie was killed on December 9, 1965, the tears still come when any of us think of him. Still, we pull up images of Ronnie telling jokes, grinning that lop-sided grin, laughing...We miss you, Ronnie. Take Care and God Bless.

The family of Ronald Koehler

From "The Faces Behind the Names," by Don Ward

Semper Fidelis, Marine!
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POSTED ON 12.22.2003
POSTED BY: Donald Lytle

Thank you PFC Ronald Lee Koehler

Although we never met personally, I want to thank you Ronald Lee Koehler, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!

Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

Again, thank you PFC Ronald Lee Koehler, for a job well done!

REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND


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POSTED ON 3.28.2002
POSTED BY: Larry Salfer

Soldier to Soldier,

You are remembered. Having served two tours of duty in Vietnam, I know what you experienced on your tour and I salute you and all of the other brave souls that made the ultimate sacrafice in the service of their country.
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POSTED ON 10.1.2000
POSTED BY: Jim Corbett

The Kindness of Ron

I remember Ron so well from high school. He was several years older than me and I looked up to him. He was so confident and, just maybe, a little reckless, but to me he was the essence of cool. I'll never forget his kindness to me by putting up with some younger kid idolizing him. His death profoundly affected me and truly brought the horror of war into my heart.

JIM CORBETT
Los Angeles, California




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