|Birth: ||Mar. 1, 1946|
|Death: ||Feb. 20, 1969, Vietnam|
United States Army Sergeant Roniger, 22, son of Gilmer and Virginia Hammer Roniger of Trenton died from wounds received in action in Vietnam. Sergeant Roniger serving in B Company, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, in the Mekong Delta, lost his life in a night defensive position. He had been in Vietnam since June 1968. Previously, he had served 13 months in Korea and re-enlisted at the request of a buddy who died in Korea. Surviving are his parents, two sisters, Carol Ann Prange and Lois Roniger.
Sergeant Roniger was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart and is honored on the Vietnam Memorial Wall 32W067.
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Junior Floyd Roniger (ASN: RA-16870457), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company B, 3d Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. Sergeant Roniger distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 20 February 1969 as a platoon sergeant during a reconnaissance-in-force mission east of Ben Tre in Kien Hoa Province. While his company was being inserted into a landing zone, it came under small arms, automatic weapons, rocket and mortar fire from an estimated Viet Cong battalion occupying fortified bunkers in a nearby woodline. Sergeant Roniger led an assault until the intensity of the enemy barrage forced him and his men to take cover behind a dike within a hundred meters of the woodline. Disregarding his safety, he braved a hail of bullets to maneuver along the dike and direct the fire of his men. As he was exposing himself to the Viet Cong to provide covering fire for a medic who was trying to reach a casualty, he was hit in the shoulder and knocked down. Disregarding his wound, he dragged himself to a better vantage point and continued to fire at the communists. When the medic was temporarily blinded by an exploding enemy rocket, Sergeant Roniger fearlessly stood up to effectively engage a machine gun position. While he was firing at the emplacement, he was mortally wounded by the hostile fusillade. Sergeant Roniger's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 1534 (April 30, 1969)
Action Date: 20-Feb-69
Gilmer Floyd Roniger (1916 - 1977)
Virginia A Hammer Roniger (1921 - 1989)
Created by: Jill
Record added: Dec 24, 2006
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