ELDRIDGE C AIGELDINGER
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HONORED ON PANEL 10E, LINE 49 OF THE WALL

ELDRIDGE CHAR AIGELDINGER

WALL NAME

ELDRIDGE C AIGELDINGER

PANEL / LINE

10E/49

DATE OF BIRTH

06/28/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/27/1966

HOME OF RECORD

HAVERTOWN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Delaware County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ELDRIDGE CHAR AIGELDINGER
POSTED ON 7.27.2006
POSTED BY: Bill Nelson

NEVER FORGOTTEN


FOREVER REMEMBERED

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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POSTED ON 2.4.2004
POSTED BY: Dave Tatum

Upper Darby High School Vietnam Project

Ridge attended Haverford High School but before graduation signed up of the Marines in June of 1964. It was a difficult decision for his parents to make since Ridge was 17 years old they had to give permission. Ridge went off to Parris Island for boot camp and his first real assignment in the Corps was in the Dominican Republic to establish order after a rebellion there.

In September of 65 he arrived in Vietnam an served with the 3rd Engineers. Ridge wrote home frequently, but never complained of the hardships he faced. On October 30, 1965 his base was attacked by the Viet Cong and Ridge was seriously wounded. He survived the attack because the enemy thought he was dead as they moved through his tent killing the wounded. He was med-evaced to Okinawa where he recuperated before returning to Vietnam. He sent a chilling letter to his parents describing the attack which hung on the wall of his parents store. The family observed how it took people’s breath away when they read the letter.

Ridge wanted very much to return to his unit and wrote request after request until he again returned to his friends in 3rd Engineers. On August 15, 1966 the Aigeldinger’s received their last letter from their son. On August 27 while conducting the daily search for mines along the roads he detonated an enemy land mine. He died of multiple fragmentation wounds.

Ridge is remembered today by friends and family as if all this happened yesterday. In his neighborhood, his old school, Delaware County and now by a new generation of students who learn about the Vietnam War by learning about Ridge and his dedication and courage. It is impossible to pass Brookline Blvd. without thinking of Ridge and his family and offering a prayer of thanks for all they gave this country and for the freedom we have today. Semper Fi Ridge. We miss you.
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POSTED ON 8.27.2003
POSTED BY: Dave Avery

Who Shall We Send

"An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."

Isaiah 6:8
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POSTED ON 9.20.2000
POSTED BY: chris mccullough

I was too young to know you

my rememberance of you is through the plaque on the front wall of our church annunciation bvm in havertown pa also of the little deli your father ran for years on brookline blvd. as a young kid as i was an altar boy i would see the plaque on the wall in the front of church and wonder what happened to you and robert weiss also from our parish.i never knew because i was always scared to ask your dad or mom. but as i got older my mom told me what happened to you as your mother had called her the day she recived word from the government. i just wanted to write this to let everybody know how proud everybody in the neighborhood was of you. you will always be remembered as the plaque shall always remain as a reminder of how you served your country. ps i saw your dad a few months ago and he is still doing well. god bless you and robert
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