RONALD B RUEPPEL
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HONORED ON PANEL 2W, LINE 28 OF THE WALL

RONALD BENTON RUEPPEL

WALL NAME

RONALD B RUEPPEL

PANEL / LINE

2W/28

DATE OF BIRTH

03/30/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

AN GIANG

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/27/1971

HOME OF RECORD

MOSCOW

COUNTY OF RECORD

Latah County

STATE

ID

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RONALD BENTON RUEPPEL
POSTED ON 10.5.2001
POSTED BY: 1LT Don Franks

He laid down his life for his country and me.

I didn't know 1LT RUEPPEL that well and our common bond was that we were both from Idaho. I arrived in country in Aug and he arrived in Sep. He lived just down the hall from me in the Officer's "hooch". I've often thought of him throughout these many years. I was scheduled to fly that mission in the front seat of the Cobra the day he was killed, but I woke that morning sicker than I've ever been in my entire life. The flight surgeon credited my sickness to some contaminated ice from the mess hall. 1LT Rueppel took my place, and was killed while flying into deteriorating weather while returning to Vinh Long. I've never forgotten his supreme sacrifice on my behalf and want his family to know that I have tried to live my life in such a way that his sacrifice was not in vain. He has never been forgotten.
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