SP4 Ronald Duane Golden, US Army, KIA South Vietnam, Thua Thien province, 20 Aug 1968. Served with 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, D Company.
Golden paternal line: Floyd – George – Emanuel – Jonathan – John – Edward Golden (c1733-1777).
From the Memory Wall at HonorStates.org:
ORIGINS: Ronald Duane Golden was born on July 22, 1944. Enlisted at Superior, Douglas County, Wisconsin.
SERVICE: Enlisted in the Army. Entered via Selective Service. Served during the Vietnam War. Start of tour or enlistment date was February 16, 1968. Golden had the rank of Specialist Four. Occupation or specialty was Infantry Indirect Fire Crewman. Service number was 56959597. Served with 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, D Company.
CIRCUMSTANCES: Golden experienced a serious casualty which ultimately resulted in loss of life on August 20, 1968. This occurred in or around South Vietnam, Thua Thien province. Circumstances of the casualty were attributed to: “Died through hostile action .. small arms fire”
REMEMBERED: Honored on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, VVM Wall, Panel 47w, Line 7.
AWARDS: Listed are some of the awards and medals that Specialist Four Golden either received or may have been qualified for. This is probably not a complete accounting. There may be other awards received we do not have records of.
★ National Defense Service Medal ★ Combat Infantryman Badge ★ Purple Heart ★ Vietnam Campaign Medal ★ Vietnam Service Medal
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