SGT Herbert Randolph Ragans
In memory of our fallen brother
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, SGT Herbert Randolph Ragans, who died in the service of his country on September 12th, 1969 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Tree Fell On Him While Clearing LZ Puma). At the time of his death Herbert was 21 years of age. He was from Interlachen, Florida. Herbert is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 18W, Line 76.
The decorations earned by SGT Herbert Randolph Ragans include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
9 Jul 2004
Randy was like a brother to me. I was only 10 years old when he left for the war, but I understood that he might not come back. Randy had the most beautifuul smile I have ever seen and that is what I remember most about him. He was like an older brother to me and always let me tag along with him even though I was just this little kid.
He is a hero in my eyes and I miss him dearly. I will always remember the love he had and most of all, that beautiful smile. God Bless you, Randy. You will never be forgotten.
I love you dearly,