RALPH W BIGELOW
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HONORED ON PANEL 10W, LINE 78 OF THE WALL

RALPH WILLIAM BIGELOW

WALL NAME

RALPH W BIGELOW

PANEL / LINE

10W/78

DATE OF BIRTH

12/15/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/22/1970

HOME OF RECORD

DELEVAN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cattaraugus County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CWO

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RALPH WILLIAM BIGELOW
POSTED ON 5.31.2002
POSTED BY: David Baker

War Is Only Over For The Dead - Plato

I was stationed in Chu Lai with the 176th AHC and flew with CWO Ralph Bigelow many times before he moved on to fly Loches. I was a crew chief on a UH-1H slick and remember him flying with my door gunner Gary Alstrand and myself on many sorties. We always cycled through all the pilots from our company on a daily basis, and all of them flew through the bowling alley off of Highway 1. I was stationed there from May 1969 through August 1970. I am not sure when he move over to the OH's. I remember hearing about him being killed in action and it was a sad day in our company for all those that had had a chance to know him. When the miniature wall came through Spokane a few years ago I found his name posted on it. It was sad for me at the time but also a true relief as well. I too remember him talking about hating communism and knew that is why he was there and also that he was a Canadian and that he chose to join the U.S. Army and that really means a lot to me. I will always remember his smile and the sacrifice that he gave for us. He was one of the Good Guys and we can all be really proud of him and his efforts for that. Peace Brother
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POSTED ON 12.28.1999
POSTED BY: Craig L. Bixby

A FALLEN EAGLE

Even though we were from neigboring towns I first met Ralph while I was in High School through some mutual friends. At that time he had one of the first Ford Mustangs in our area. Boy, did we have some fun with that car!!!

Even at that point in his life Ralph loved to FLY!!! He had even earned his Private Pilot's License before graduating school.

I lost track of Ralph after graduation and I went into the Army as a Crew Chief on a Huey.

In June of 1969 the 1st Brigade of the 101st was tasked to leave our base at Camp Eagle and reposition to Chu Lai.

While there I had to visit one of the medical facilities and to both our surprise who walks in but Ralph!!! Poor Guy! He'd only been in country a short time and had spent too much time on the beach!!

We were able to talk a little but neither of us were feeling very well and agreed to try to get together later. Well, as life would have it that was the last time I saw him.

Ralph was a great guy and friendly to everyone he came into contact with. He was so proud to have become a helicopter pilot and as most of us over there thought he was accomplishing something good.

I was back in the States at Ft McClellan when I got the news that he had crashed. I really wanted to be a part of his Color Guard but wasn't able to get leave. I've always regretted not being able to say that last good-by.

Good-by Ralph!! I hope that your're winging carefree and happy and I'm looking forward to our next surprize meeting!!!
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POSTED ON 3.5.1999
POSTED BY: Thomas R. " Bone " Herrington

" A fallen Maple Leaf "

I met Ralph Bigelow in Chu Lai when he joined the 176th AHC and was assigned to the second platoon. A Canadian citizen, Ralph did not have to join The United States Army or serve in Viet Nam. He confided in me his deep hatered for Communisism for his reason for being there.
Ralph left the 176th to fly OH-6's and was killed flying an " Ash and Trash " mission to try and help out the men in the field.
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