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  PFC John Kenneth Ripel    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Charlie Company
2nd Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC John Kenneth Ripel, who died in the service of his country on February 16th, 1968 in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Friendly Fire. At the time of his death John was 20 years of age. He was from Sparrow Bush, New York. John is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 39E, Line 65.

The decorations earned by PFC John Kenneth Ripel include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

John was mistaken for enemy and shot while on combat patrol.


Walter Von Ignatius


classmate, boyhood friend


aahhh, Johnny, we hardly knew ya!

John Ripel was a good hearted, gentle, but strong all around American boy, from a tiny town, going to high school in a little town. He was good natured, and a friend to all. I miss him, and so do my classmates from PORT JERVIS NEW YORK CLASS OF '66 !

Monday, November 25, 2002