RALPH R CARPENTER JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 39W, LINE 7 OF THE WALL

RALPH R CARPENTER JR

WALL NAME

RALPH R CARPENTER JR

PANEL / LINE

39W/7

DATE OF BIRTH

04/19/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KONTUM

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/02/1968

HOME OF RECORD

PALATINE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cook County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RALPH R CARPENTER JR
POSTED ON 10.15.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Ralph R Carpenter 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 4.14.2011

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Rest in peace with the warriors.
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POSTED ON 11.25.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Ralph is buried at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL. BSM PH
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POSTED ON 5.5.2006
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 9.13.2002
POSTED BY: Pat Hulsman

Primary school friend always remembered.

At St. Theresa's School in Palatine Ralph was always a leader. He was the first to wear saddle shoes that became so popular during the late 50's. He befriended me and was always one of the most outgoing guys in our class. He was funny and always had something wise to say. I left Palatine in 1959 to live in Chicago. I once tried to find him on a return visit but he was away. He made an indelible mark on me because for the four years I knew him, he was smart, talented and the guy we always wanted to be like. I remembered him always but didn't realize he was lost in country like too many others of our generation until I found his name on the wall. Something just made me look for him. Godspeed, Ralph. You are in my prayers.
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