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"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"
35th Infantry Regiment
"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"
The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SSG Ronald Leroy Kent, who died in the service of his country on January 20th, 1967 in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Ronald was 23 years of age. He was from Page, North Dakota. Ronald is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 14E, Line 57.
There was a KIA/MIA (Recon Plt) in Jan or Feb l967, near Bong Son. There was a Staff Sergeant, from Recon Platoon, that became MIA, I think, during a firefight. He had been missing for a few days and Company B was set up on a narrow ridge (bluff on both sides), and my Platoon had an OP out and set up on a large rock and facing down the trail that we had just come up. There were two men on the OP when one of the men opened up with a burst of fire. I took a few men and hurried down to investigate. I climbed up on the rock where the OP was set up. The men informed me that what appeared to be an American came up the trail/ridge, one of the men commanded HALT but he kept coming on and that was when he was taken under fire. I went down to where the body was and it was a PAVN Soldier, with the Staff Sergeants uniform on, complete with Helmet, M-l6 and all. I never knew whether the Staff Sergeants' body was ever recovered or not. I never knew the SSG personally, but I remember what he looked like and always wondered, if his body was ever recovered. Have you seen anything on this. Captain Edgar Nealon was Co B CO and 1SG Herbert Tinnat was Co B First Sergeant, on that day. I've looked at the KIA list and the SSG may have been Ronald Kent. As I recall, we spent several days patrolling the area in search of his body. Just thought I would mention this while I was thinking about it.