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William D. Ryan

William Ryan is on the far right in this photo.

William Dean Ryan was born on May 30, 1947 and joined the Armed Forces while in Walnut Hill, Il.

He served as a 11E20 in the Army. In 1 year of service, he attained the rank of SP5/E5.

On March 1, 1969, at the age of 21, William Dean Ryan perished in the service of our country in South Vietnam, Quang Tri.

Sex: Male
Race: Caucasian
Marital Status: Single
Serial Number: 56587024
Component: Selective Service
Pay grade: E5
Major Organization: 5th Inf Div (1st Bde)
Start of Tour: Monday, July 1, 1968
Date of Casualty: Saturday, March 1, 1969
Age at time of loss: 21
Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died
Reason: Other explosive device (Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Quang Tri
The Wall: Panel 30W - Row 007



Sent: Friday, August 01, 2003 10:54 AM
His brother Jimmy was in my class... Billy loved automobiles...especially FAST ones !
His Mom grieved herself into an early grave as a result of his death. It was too sad to watch.
Life has lots of tough issues. This was one of the hardest that I ever faced.

May the LORD bless you for your efforts !

Kindest Regards !
Howard Bass

from Lt. William McShane:
March 5 Been north west of Dong Ha for days. Been in a firefight, walked into an ambush and also hit mine number 3 a few days later. Lost men that were attached to me from an Infantry unit, and Ryan from second platoon. He was in the lead tank, A28, heading the column down into the ravine, when hit by an RPG.

Willilam Ryan was killed during the Battle of Cam Hung.

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