Remembering An American Hero
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, Sir
I was a kid when I would run through the living room where you're family displayed your service portrait and medals. Even though I did not understand what you endured at the time, I have grown to see the tremendous sacrifice you made far away from Croomcrest Rd. in Asheboro.
I remember snapping turtles in the creek in front of your parent's house. Maybe you could have helped us catch one, or driven us around in the golf cart.
I have visited your name on the memorial wall in Washington DC and want you to know you made your family, city, and country proud.
Thank you Ron
Final Mission of SP4 Ronald G. Trogdon
The VHPA believes this was the 15th Med aircraft involved in the following action: The award narrative for CAPT Fred D. McKellar states he was AC of a medical evacuation helicopter supporting combat operations near Bong Son. As the aircraft was about to land, it received intense automatic weapons fire, wounding CAPT McKellar, the pilot (CAPT Kurt Kuhns) and the crew chief (SP4 Trogden). CAPT Kuhns had to take control of the Huey because CAPT McKellar's arm was shattered and he was bleeding profusely. CAPT Kuhns had only been in country two weeks at this time. CAPT McKellar directed treatment of SP4 Trogden and told CAPT Kuhns where to fly. The aircraft had received over 30 hits. A few hours after they landed, SP4 Trogden died of injuries. [Taken from vhpa.org]