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SSGT Ronald Terrance “Ron” Terry

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SSGT Ronald Terrance “Ron” Terry

In Memory of ...... SSGT. Ronald Terrance Terry.
*** Staff Sergeant Terry was a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Special Forces Group. On January 29, 1966, he was a member of a reconnaissance team operating in An Lao Valley, Binh Dinh Province 12 miles west of Tam Quan, South Vietnam when the team came under fire. He was killed. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 29
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Apr 30, 1937
Marital Status: Single - Parents, Father, Joe Terry and Mother, Stella Terry have both passed on.

***** Ron's parents, Joe and Stella Terry have passed on.
Mark Trzeciak - Cousin
Niagara Falls NY

***** Wish I could have done more.
I was giving covering fire on the 28th wish I could have done more. if you Could get you to the clearing we were waiting to pick you up.I hope your family knows what happen. Hodgson family did not know.
Al Smith - covering fire - Roanoke, Tx

Length of service 10 years
His tour began on Jan 29, 1966
Casualty was on Jan 30, 1967
Hostile, died while missing, GROUND CASUALTY

Body was not recovered
Panel 04E - Line 116

Other Personnel In Incident: Cecil J. Hodgson; Frank N. Badolati (both missing); Wiley W. Grey (survived); (other survivors)

On 30 March 66 the U.S. Army issued General Orders Number 73, award of the Distinguished Service Cross, to Ronald Terry for action 9-14 December 1964 while serving as one of two Specioal Forces advisors to an eight man recon team. Several actions occured that resulted in the DSC for extraordinary heroism in helping the wounded after multiple contacts with the enemy in this timeframe.

It is believed, according to DSC researcher Bruce Swander, that Terry was one of the few POW/MIAs to earn the DSC before capture. Two others, Bott and Calhourn, were also SF.

Ronald Terry was a rifleman on a Special Forces reconnaissance team operating in An Lao Valley of Binh Dinh Province 12 miles west of Tam Quan in South Vietnam when his team was split during a firefight.

The patrol came under enemy fire on the afternoon of 28 January 1966 during which time Badolati was hit. Cecil Hodgson, the patrol leader, from Detachment B52 Delta, was apparently treating Badolati's wounds as the patrol travelled in small groups from the location where Badolati was hit.

Badolati was with two other individuals who survived, and as he was too badly wounded to continue, the three remained for about 2 hours in their position. Badolati's condition worsened, and when the two survivors left the area, they reported that Badolati was dead.

They had no choice but to leave his body behind. Hodgson and Terry evaded for the rest of the day.

On January 29, they moved at first light into a defensive position, whereupon they encountered enemy forces and another firefight ensued.

SGT Ronald Terrance Terry indicated that he had been hit, and others thought he had been killed.

When they looked for Hodgson, he was gone. Survivors heard additional shots, which they believed were shots fired at Hodgson, and they believed he also had been killed. The team could not search for Hodgson because of the heavy enemy activity, and were forced to move to a rallying point. They evaded capture for the remainder of the day, and were ultimately picked up by helicopter.

Searches for all three missing were conducted for the next 4 days with no results. Hodgson was classified Missing In Action. Badolati and SGT Ronald Terrance Terry were classified Killed/Body Not Recovered.






  • Created by: Eddieb
  • Added: 3 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62488824
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Ronald Terrance “Ron” Terry (30 Apr 1937–29 Jan 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62488824, citing Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston, Niagara County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .