RAYMOND VILLALPANDO JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 61W, LINE 14 OF THE WALL

RAYMOND VILLALPANDO JR

WALL NAME

RAYMOND VILLALPANDO JR

PANEL / LINE

61W/14

DATE OF BIRTH

01/09/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/02/1968

HOME OF RECORD

SACRAMENTO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Sacramento County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RAYMOND VILLALPANDO JR
POSTED ON 11.11.2016

Veterans Day 2016

I thank you for your friendship and loyalty before we deployed to Vietnam and while we were there. I appreciated you meeting our platoon as we would come in from a long days hump in the jungle and asking me how i was doing. Your friendship meant a lot to me. I know when I became a squad leader, i became much busier and had to get my squad set up for the night. When one of my team leaders and our platoon medic brought you back to my position the day you were wounded I immediately started to help bandage you up and was assured that 1st Platoon was coming to take you to a helicopter. I had to move my squad to protect the command post and left you in capable hands. It was very heavy on me when I found out you did not make it. I found it very hard to deal with. I wish I would have said something while you were being treated at my location. I regretted all this time of not having said something of meaning before moving my squad forward. Bert
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POSTED ON 8.16.2015
POSTED BY: Bert Ovitt

Close War Buddy

Ray and I met at Fort Lewis while the unit we were assigned to was all on leave except for a few key people. There was about 5 soldiers in our company until about a week before we shipped out to Vietnam. Ray was assigned to 2nd Platoon and I was assigned to 3rd platoon, but we spent a solid week together at Fort Lewis, WA,. until the company members returned off leave. When we arrived in Vietnam, in Vietnam we were sent on missions in the rocket belt about 5 miles outside our main base camp. My platoon was always the last ones into our night location and Ray would always come out to greet me as we entered our Night Defensive Position. He wanted to know how I was doing and we would chat for a while. When I became a squad leader in my platoon, I had to get my soldiers dug in for the night and make sure they dug foxholes, got fed, and attend briefings. I was still greeted by Ray every evening when we came in, but I did not have too much time to chat before AI had to get my soldiers in position. The day we got hit in "War Zone D", My squad was positioned just up the slope from Ray's platoon. I could hear someone from close by yelling for help and saying that VP was hit. I had point squad of my platoon and we were keeping close to the ground as 2nd Platoon would yell that they were going to fire and we would get bullets over our heads chopping down small trees and then Mortar Platoon would do the same. This solder from the 21nd Platoon kept yelling for help and one of my team leaders that was up front said he was going down to help. I call for our platoon medic to come forward to help and he went with Zamarchi and helped the person yelling for help get VP up to my position. That was when I found out that VP was in fact Ray. He had been shot through the collarbone area and was wounded down through the lungs. I helped bandage him up and 1st Platoon was coming to pick him up and get him out to a Med Evac chopper. I had to move my squad forward to guard the Company command post. I thought that Ray was in good hands and with the medic and expected him to be airlifted shortly. I didn't find out until later that night that he had not made it. It deeply bothered me and I ended up going AWOL the day after we returned to a more secure area for six days. I completed that tour and two more tours for a total of 4 tours and finally earned my SGT stripes back.. I missed Ray, and regretted not spending more time with him in the field. He treated me like his best friend more that anyone I have ever been friends with. http://www.minwest.com/warriors/b.htm
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POSTED ON 11.29.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Raymond Villalpando Jr, sir

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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 2.21.2013
POSTED BY: SFC Bert T Ovitt retired army

Remembrance Raymond Villalpando Jr a great friend and comarade in arms

Ray 'VP' was a very close friend and I was with him the day he was wounded. One of my team leaders and our platoon medic went down to him and one of his platoon members and brought Ray back up to my position where I helped the medic administer first aid.We bandaged Ray up and left him with the medic and first platoon was in route to get him to an LZ to evacuate him to the hospital. Later I found out that he had perished during the evacuation process. He is dearly missed. It took me years to deal with his passing. He was a dog handler who got transferred from the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii to Fort Lewis, WA to the 512th Infantry. We deployed about 10 days after he and I were assigned to the unit, He went to 2nd Platoon and I went to 3rd Platoon.

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POSTED ON 6.14.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Ray is buried at St Mary's Cemetery in Sacramento, CA. PH
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