Putnam, Ronald Virgil, CPT

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1542-Infantry Unit Commander
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Infantry (Officer)
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1966-1966, 1542, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment/A Company
Service Years
1958 - 1966



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This Military Service Page was created/owned by LTC Roger Gaines to remember Putnam, Ronald Virgil, CPT.

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Nov 08, 1966
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Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
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Not Specified
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12E 043

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Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment
  1965-1966, 2520, 5th Student Battalion (OCS) Cadre/51st Company
  1966-1966, 1542, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment/A Company
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Captain Ronald Putnam was one of 152 men lost during Operation Attleboro, 14 September - 25 November 1966.
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 12E 043

  I wont forget you either, Sir
It was the worst operation we had in country..we had went in to help out a unit of the 101st that had ran into an underground hospital, and were outnumbered bad by hardcore
north viets..we had hand to hand inside perimeter..You fought
well Capt.
Posted by: Gene Jackson
Relationship: We served together
Saturday, January 20, 2001

Rick Stetson
Troy, Al
He Served His Country Well
CPT Ron Putnam was a TAC officer for OCS Class 1-66, 51st Company, FT Benning, GA. Our class graduated 144 "candidates" who received a commission as 2LT's on14 Jan 1966. CPT Putnam was the 6th Platoon tactical officer and he was one of the best. He helped mold us into officers and combat leaders. He served with distinction and gave his life as a member of the 1st Infantry Division, the "Big Red One." The names of 11 members of OCS Class 1-66 join CPT Putnam on The Wall in Washington, DC. We salute them all and will never forget their sacrifices.
Sunday, July 08, 2001

To Ronald Virgil Putnam
You will always be remebered with love and pride. Your son Ronald Putamn, mother, and other family members.

(The above message and photo were sent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to be placed at The Wall during our Annual Father's Day Rose Remembrance Ceremony. To learn more about the ceremony, please visit www.vvmf.org.)
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Tuesday, June 11, 2002
  Dedication to Captain Ronald Virgil Putnam
Tonight Nov. 18, 2000, the Huntland Lions Club honored the memory of Capt. Ronald Virgil Putnam, a native of Huntland, TN.. His family was presented with a plaque. May his courage and dedication to his country always be remembered.
Posted by: Lion Darrell Neal-Huntland Lions Club
Thursday, September 19, 2002

  An Outstanding Leader and A Great OCS TAC Officer
In July of 1965, at Ft. Benning, GA, 51st Company, 5th Battalion, Officer Candidate School, I had the wonderful experience of meeting Lt. Putnam face to face as he told me how unfit I was to be a memember of his Officer Candidate Platoon! As I recall, he also told me to "do pushups until I get tired of seeing your ugly face!" It was a long day...

Unlike other TAC Officers, Lt. Putnam rarely shouted, and never used expletives in his quiet, professional manner of making you feel lower than a snake's belly.

After a couple weeks of sizing-up one another, it became readily apparent that there was a game to be played between the TAC Officer and the Officer Candidate. Lt. Putnam played this game as though it were chess. Using guile and cunning, he quickly discovered your weakness, and endlessly probed and picked at them. Eventually the weakest candidates were eliminated from the program, and Lt. Putnam gleefully told the rest of us we should quit as well!

But it was a game... and most of our platoon was composed of older, seasoned soldiers that could take his harassment and haranguing. We often had a difficult time suppressing a smile or chuckle with some of the put-downs and nicknames he labeled us with. He had this wicked little smile in the corner of his mouth while he was telling us we "were lower than whale dung" or someother wonderful description questioning our ability to be a competent officers in the US Army.

And the game went on for six months. In the end the platoon spent a lot of money on a goodbye gift, to show their appreciation for his "style." We were grateful for his dedication and desire to make us the best. Lt. Putnam was one of a kind, and it was a very black day in Vietnam, when I learned of his death from another TAC Officer who had been in our company.

Like many men whose name appear on the wall, he had many friends, a lovely wife, and if I recall correctly, a handsome baby son. His humor, wit, and "style" will be remembered by any soldier who served under him, or learned from him. I am proud to have this opportunity after 35 years to remember and honor him.
Posted by: Gary Wehsels
Relationship: We served together
Monday, June 2, 2003
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