Ramos, Bernardo Kealoha, CPL

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Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1970 - 1971


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Casualty Date
Mar 24, 1971
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Pajaro Valley Memorial Park - Watsonville, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04W 075

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment11th Infantry Brigade (Light)
  1970-1971, 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment
  1970-1971, 11th Infantry Brigade (Light)/HHC
  1970-1971, 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
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Bernardo Kealoha Ramos was a Watsonville track star with nowhere to run in Viet Nam. Bernardo Kealoha Ramos was born on November 6,1950, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Bernardo and Maria Ramos. Bernardo Sr. had migrated from the Philippine Islands to Hawaii. In Hawaii he married Maria and the couple had five sons: Bernardo, Mario, Benedict, Florentino and Jamie.The family later moved to Watsonville and established their residence on Doering Avenue. Bernardo Jr. entered Watsonville High School and was remembered as being an all around good student and tireless worker who excelled in football, track and karate. After his graduation, he enrolled in Cabrillo College where he majored in math and science.

In 1970 Ramos enlisted in the U.S Army and was sent to Fort Lewis, Washington for basic training. Following his advanced individual training, he was deployed to Viet Nam October 20, 1970. Upon arrival he was assigned as a rifleman in Company D, 4th Battalion, 3rd Brigade of the 23rd Infantry (Americal) serving in Quang Tri Province.On March 24,1971, Ramos’ platoon was conducting a search and destroy mission in a mountainous area and was split into two squads. The previous day they had seen foxholes, fortifications and other evidence of considerable NVA activity and were alert to the possibility of an ambush when they were hit. His squad was attacked and pinned down while grenades were thrown at them over the crest of the hill and AK-47 fire intensified. During the ensuing firefight, Bernardo and three of his fellow platoon members were killed and most of the remainder of the squad was wounded. Ramos’ body was recovered and returned to Watsonville for a requiem mass at Valley Catholic Church and burial in the Pajaro Valley Memorial Park. Source Remembering our OwnThe Santa Cruz County Military Roll of Honor 1861-2010 By Robert L NelsonThe Museum of Art & History @ The McPherson Center
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