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Ronald Walter Ringwall
First Lieutenant, United States Air Force
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Ronald Walter Ringwall was born on March 18, 1940 and joined the Armed Forces while in Millburn, New Jersey.

He served in the Air force.  In 2 years of service, he attained the rank of First Lieutenant.

On May 19, 1966, at the age of 26, Ronald Walter Ringwall perished in the service of
our country in South Vietnam, Quang Tri Provence.


Ronald Walter Ringwall Class of 1963 Born on March 18, 1940 was from West Orange, New Jersey.  He graduated in 1964 from the College of Agriculture at Cornell with a B.S. degree in agriculture economics. After graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force.

Ringwall was stationed with the 919th Air Refueling Squadron, 484th Bombardment Wing when he was deployed to Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. He was trained as a navigator and performed those duties aboard the giant KC135 air refueling aircraft. On May 19, 1966, less than two months after deployment to Okinawa, Ringwall's plane crashed shortly after takeoff. In the short time he was stationed there, he flew four combat missions and eighteen light sorties in support of U.S. Air Force operations in Southeast Asia and was awarded the Air Medal for his
     meritorious service. 

Captain Ronald Ringwall was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in 1966. 

Captain Ringwall left a wife, the former Janette Lauridsen, and a son, Eric S. Ringwall, who was only two years old at the time of his father's death. Eric followed his late father's military foot­steps and joined  the U.S. Navy as an officer.

DATE OF BIRTH: 03/18/1940
DATE OF DEATH: 05/19/1966

Posted: 29 October 2001 Updated: 10 July 2007
Air Medal

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