Zinn, Ronald Lloyd, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 1542, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)
Service Years
1962 - 1965



Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Orland Park , IL
Last Address
Orland Park , IL

Casualty Date
Jul 07, 1965
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
U.S. Military Academy West Point Post Cemetery - West Point, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 030/Section XXXIV, Row D, Grave 141

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 


 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1962, *Basic Infantry Officer Course (Fort Benning, GA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne SchoolArmy Ranger School2nd Infantry Brigade, First Army2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division
2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)173rd Airborne Brigade
  1962-1962, 1542, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1962-1962, 1542, Army Ranger School
  1962-1963, 1542, HHC, 2nd Infantry Brigade, First Army
  1964-1964, 1542, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division
  1965-1965, 1542, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)
  1965-1967, 1542, 173rd Airborne Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1958-1962, United States Military Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

AMERICAN "HERO", you gave everything including your life, REST IN PEACE. Posted on 7/7/16 - by Donald Rice, served with him in 173rdABD(2nd/503rdInf) on Okinawa &Vietnam. Served with him in the 2nd/503rdInf. 2020 Curve Crest Blvd. W. Stillwater MN 55082. A fine and brave officer

I served in the 173rdABN Brigade(2nd/503rdInf)on Okinawa and in Vietnam with Captain Zinn. He was a fine officer and a brave and good man. I and seven other troopers in my platoon had the sad task of carrying Captain Zinn and SSGT. Howard out of the jungle to a distant LZ on that sad day long ago. We were all honored to have served with such a fine man and there are not too many days that pass when I do not recall that sad day and think of the loss suffered by his family and friends. Blessings to those he left behind. Rest in Peace "HERO" Rest in Peace 

Army captain and World-Class race walker. Zinn was the AAU champion in the 2-mile race walk for 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964. He participated in the 20,000 meter race walk in the 1960 Olympics, finishing 19th and 1964 Olympics, finishing 6th. He was killed in Vietnam. The USA Track and Field organization has established the Captain Ron Zinn Memorial Award, which is given to outstanding contributors to the field of race walking.

Bio by: Warrick L. Barrett - Find A Grave

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