Beets, Ronnie D., SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 11B20, 101st Airborne Division
Service Years
1966 - 1970

Specialist 4


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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1944
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Odessa, TX
Last Address
Odessa, TX

Casualty Date
Oct 26, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Texas
Conflict
In the Line of Duty
Location of Interment
Memory Lane Cemetery - Anadarko, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E, 111

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2015, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment101st Airborne Division
  1966-1967, 11B20, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment
  1966-1967, 11B20, 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

HEADQUARTERS
I FIELD FORCE VIETNAM
APO San Francisco 96350

23 December 1967

GENERAL ORDERS
NUMBER 983

AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR

1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.

BEETS, RONNIE D. RA18764896 SP4, United States Army Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 502d Infantry

 

Awarded: Silver Star
Date action: 13 August 1967
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason: For gallantry in action.
Specialist Four Beets distinguished himself by gallantry in action while engaged in military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam on 13 August 1967, while serving as a member of Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 502d Infantry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Specialist Four Beets was serving as a machine gunner with his platoon when it came under extremely heavy attack while moving from Landing Zone White near Chu Lai. He manned a position on the perimeter, putting effective fire upon the enemy. During the night, the numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force mounted a full scale attack with mortars, rockets, grenades, automatic and small arms fire. Specialist Beets' position became a prime target, and he was seriously wounded in both legs by grenades and rockets. When the medic came forward to treat him, he refused treatment and told the medic to roll him over to this gun. Once in position, although in great pain, he again began to fire upon the enemy. He remained in position under the withering hail of enemy fire with complete disregard for his safety and injuries, until the enemy had been beaten back. Only then did he allow himself medical treatment. In the morning, six enemy bodies were found with twenty meters of his position. Specialist Beets' outstanding display of heroism in action and his devotion to duty were in the highest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Authority: By direction of the President under the provisions of USARV Message 16695, 1 July 1966 and paragraph 27, AR 672-5-1.

FOR THE COMMANDER:

GEORGE S. BLANCHARD
Brigadier General, US Army
Chief of Staff

OFFICIAL:

GERALD L. OVERSTREET
Colonel, AGC
Adjutant General

   
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