RONALD J PETERS
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HONORED ON PANEL 4W, LINE 132 OF THE WALL

RONALD JAY PETERS

WALL NAME

RONALD J PETERS

PANEL / LINE

4W/132

DATE OF BIRTH

02/06/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/18/1971

HOME OF RECORD

BETHLEHEM

COUNTY OF RECORD

Northampton County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

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LEFT FOR RONALD JAY PETERS
POSTED ON 5.20.2024

Ground Casualty

SP4 Ronald J. Peters was a Medical Corpsman serving with the 2nd Civil Affairs Company, II Field Force, U.S. Army Republic of Vietnam. The 2nd Civil Affairs Company was one of three Civil Affairs companies to serve in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) during 1965 to 1970. Its mission was to bolster faith in the RVN government by helping to “win the hearts and minds” of the rural population by assisting with construction, agricultural, medical, economic, and educational programs to improve standards of living. The company had detachments throughout the country with various Marine, Army Special Forces, Military Assist Command, Vietnam (MACV), and regular Army units. The teams assisted with road and bridge building, supervising well, spillway, school, or dispensary construction, teaching English classes, creating agricultural programs such as fishponds or livestock, providing immunizations, and digging latrines that benefitted an entire community. As a medic, Peters’ skills were well suited to many of these missions. On the late evening of April 17, 1971, he was in his unit’s billets at An Loc Air Field in Binh Long Province, RVN, when he sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the center of his chest. Critically wounded with damage to his heart and liver, he was transported to the 24th Evacuation Hospital at Long Binh Post where he expired the following morning. Peters was 21 years old. A month after his death, Peter’s mother, Mrs. Gladys Peters of Bethlehem, PA, wrote her son’s commanding officer inquiring about a watch that appeared in pictures that Peters sent home but was not delivered with his personal belongings returned from Vietnam. The family received a reply from the Army the following month indicating that an investigation would be launched into the missing item. In November 1971, another letter arrived informing the Peters that their son’s unit, II Field Force, had been disbanded and all subordinate units were redeployed or reassigned, taking with them all personnel and records. The officer from the Quartermaster unit writing the family informed them that Peter’s unit had “vanished from the record books” with “any unit members…so scattered that any effort to interview them would be out of the scope of our abilities” to recover his missing watch. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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POSTED ON 5.13.2024

SP4 Ronald J. Peter’s Military ID

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POSTED ON 10.14.2023
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us….
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POSTED ON 4.28.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Ronald Peters, Thank you for your service as a Medical Corpsman. Thank you for the lives you saved. I researched you on your 50th anniversary, sad. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. The 46th anniversary of the fall of Saigon is in 2 days. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 1.22.2019
POSTED BY: Karen DeWeese Chalmers

Never Forgotten

"Pete" was my best friend and I never never forgot him! Jerry
Written posthumously by Jerry DeWeese's sister, Karen
Jerry passed away in 2017.
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