Sanchez, Ralph Jr., PV2

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Last Rank
Private (E-2)
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Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1967 - 1968
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Order of the Spur
Private (E-2)
One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles
Last Address
Los Angeles
Casualty Date
May 09, 1968
KIA-Killed in Action
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mount Calvary Cemetery - Sacramento, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
57E 032

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Infantry Shoulder Cord

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Order of The Spur (Gold)

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry AssociationVietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1968, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Association
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
  1968, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

 Tributes from Members  
Tributes from Others posted by IN Olsen, David O, SGT 553

  Tributes from Others: Sep 1, 2015  

Remembering An American Hero
Posted on 4/7/16 - by Curt Carter
Dear PVT Ralph Sanchez 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, Sir
Curt Carter
Thank You, Uncle Ralph
Posted on 5/19/14 - by Moses Covarrubias
Raphael Sanchez, Jr. was an incredible young man, He was to be the best man of my father in law (during his next leave) and introduced my father in law to my mother in law. Unfortunately, he died of an attack on the day before Mother's Day. On Mother's Day his mother Rosina received the devastating news of her eldest's death during combat. The family was never the same since. If it weren't for Ralph, my in-laws would've never been introduced and my wife wouldn't have been born. As a result, we wouldn't have the 4 beautiful children we have today.
Everyone's life makes a difference in this world and thank you uncle Ralph for serving our country, making the ultimate sacrifice and moreover, introducing Juan Platero to Baselisa Avena to create the love of my life!
I said your name at the wall
Posted on 11/16/12 - by Jessica Rabbit
and posted it on mine
RIP Warrior

Garnet  Jenkins
Grand Junction Co
Your Service And Sacrifice Are Forever Remembered
A Multitude of Thanks for your Courage, Service and Dedication to our Country and for Freedom. Rest in Peace, Pvt Ralph Sanchez and know that you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. My brother, Sgt. David Dickinson is a young hero, who also made the Supreme Sacrifice in Vietnam in 1967.....'FROM THESE HONORED DEAD, WE TAKE INCREASED DEVOTION, TO THAT CAUSE FROM WHICH THEY HERE GAVE THE LAST FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION, THAT WE HERE HIGHLY RESOLVE, THESE DEAD SHALL NOT HAVE DIED IN VAIN'.....~Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address~
Dec 21, 2008
Joseph  Sanchez
Thank You for your Brave Service
As your first family member to find you, I want to thank you personally for your heroic service. You will not be forgotten brave soldier Ralph. Thank you for the freedom that your service has given us. Rest in Peace cousin. I hope to visit the Wall this fall and get any etching of your name. I love you brave solider. We are eternally grateful!
May 22, 2008
You Are Not Forgotten
San Gabriel, CAAs time passes, I realize more and more how heroic our young soldiers who fought in Vietnam were! You are not forgotten, your sacrifice was not in vain. Thank you young man, rest in peace brave soldier.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Grateful American
Fellow Californian
American Hero
It makes me sad that there have been no entries for this fallen Hero, yet at the same time it makes me so very proud to be the first to pay tribute to him in this forum. Thank you Pvt Sanchez for your ultimate sacrifice. Rest well brave soldier, for you Sir, are not forgotten.
Sunday, May 09, 2004
We Remember
Ralph is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Los Angles, CA. PH
Posted by: Robert Sage

Monday, May 3, 2010
Never Forgotten

"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
Posted by: Bill Nelson
Relationship: NamVet 2/502 Inf 101 Abn 69-70
Thursday, March 23, 2006
You Will Always Be Remembered
My name is Phoenix Marr and I am a senior at Gridley High School. My teacher has started the Gridley High School Posting Project that gives all of the students an opportunity to write remembrances for those men and women who gave their lives while serving our country. You were a very courageous individual who stood by this country when we needed you most! Your services are very much appreciated and recognized! You fought for our country without ever giving up! You were an amazing person with amazing strengths. Thank you for everything that you did for this country! You will always be remembered. God Bless
Posted by: Phoenix Marr

Thursday, February 19, 2004

IN Olsen, David O, SGT 553
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