RONALD L ZEMPEL
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HONORED ON PANEL 15E, LINE 111 OF THE WALL

RONALD LEE ZEMPEL

WALL NAME

RONALD L ZEMPEL

PANEL / LINE

15E/111

DATE OF BIRTH

12/17/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

OFFSHORE, PR&MR UNK.

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/27/1967

HOME OF RECORD

GRAND RAPIDS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Itasca County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

AN

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STATUS

MIA

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RONALD LEE ZEMPEL
POSTED ON 12.11.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

MIA

Never forgotten.

Semper Fortis
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POSTED ON 12.17.2020
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Airman Ronald Lee Zempel, Served with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 1 (HC-1), Carrier Air Wing 21 (CVW-21), USS Bon Homme Richard, Task Force 77 (TF-77), 7th Fleet.
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POSTED ON 5.29.2020
POSTED BY: Steven J Enney

Thinking of you

Although we never met, I have the Vietnam rememberance bracelet with your name on it.(If someone in your family reads this)I've had it for over 40 yrs. I would gladly send it go them if they would like it.
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POSTED ON 4.2.2015
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Peace with Honor

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Ron.
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POSTED ON 6.9.2014

Final Mission of AN Ronald L. Zempel

The USS BON HOMME RICHARD (CV-31) saw early Vietnam War action. A World War II Essex-class carrier, she was on station participating in combat action against the Communists as early as August 1964. Her aircraft carried the first Walleye missiles when they were introduced in 1967. In November 1970, the BON HOMME RICHARD completed its sixth combat deployment and was scheduled for decommissioning by mid-1971. LT Litchfield P. Huie was a pilot assigned to Helicopter Support Squadron 1, Detachment LIMA onboard the aircraft carrier USS BON HOMME RICHARD in 1967. On February 27 of that year, Huie launched from the aircraft carrier with his crew: LTJG Edward N. Letchworth, AN Ronald L. Zempel, and AN Bernard J. Sause Jr. Airman Zempel was an aircrew survival equipment man, and it is assumed that this crew normally conducted pilot rescue operations. As the UH-2B flown by Huie was launched from the carrier, it lifted tail high, flipped and partially recovered just prior to striking the water. Upon striking the water the helicopter broke apart on impact. A search helicopter was immediately over the scene and was later aided by two Navy destroyers. The search was terminated with negative results. Huie, Zempel, Sause and Letchworth were declared Killed/Body Not Recovered. They are listed among the missing because no bodies were found to return home. Their accident is listed as non-combat related. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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