Spc. 4 Ronald L. Raker
Born Aug. 2, 1948.
Died Feb. 18, 1969
Ronald was born in Shamokin. He was a 1966 graduate of Shamokin Area High School and attended Bloomsburg State College. Ron enjoyed playing football as a youth.
Ron entered the Army in March 1968. After basic training and advanced training as a combat medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Ron was sent to Vietnam Nov. 6, 1968.
Ron served in Company C, 4th Battalion, 21st Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade, 23rd Division. On Feb. 11, while on a mission north of Duc Pho, Ron's company was on a combat assault mission against a well-fortified enemy. Four members of his unit were wounded at the onset of the battle. Ron, a specialist, braved the hostile fire to help his men, moving from man to man treating the most seriously wounded and teaching others to treat the less seriously wounded.
He noticed one soldier lying only 10 meters away from an enemy bunker. He ran through the hail of fire to drag the man to safety. After administering first aid, he carried the man 100 meters to an evacuation site. For this action, Ron was awarded the Silver Star.
One week later, on Feb. 18, Ron was on another combat assault mission when he stepped on a booby trap and was mortally wounded.
In addition to the Silver Star, Ron was also awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Medic Badge, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Sharpshooter Badge with rifle bar and Marksman Badge with auto rifle bar.
Ron was survived by his father, Edward, mother, Rachel, brother and sister.
Ron was 20 years old and is remembered on Panel 32W, Line 56.