Specialist 4 Ronald P. Schworer

2nd Platoon, C Company, 4th/47th, 2nd Brigade

Rung Sat - April 9, 1967

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Memorial by Bill Reynolds...

Ron Schworer was another fine young man caught up in the draft in May of 1966.  He joined the rest of us at Fort Riley, Kansas, as the 9th Infantry Division was reactivated for Viet Nam duty. Ron was right there with us, experiencing Basic Training, Advanced Infantry Training, hot and cold miserable Kansas weather, the train trip to Oakland, California, the troop ship to Vung Tau, and stomping through the rice paddies, swamps and jungles of the Mekong Delta. He was right there with us, with Lieutenant Jack Benedick's 2nd Platoon.

I clearly remember Ron as a very quiet intellectual guy who was very interested in computing and electronics.  Everyone who really knew Ron had no doubt that a tremendous future lay ahead for him.

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Recently, a fellow 2nd Platoon friend, Bill Varsafsky, and I exchanged memories via e-mail regarding the circumstances that led to Ron's loss.  For some long forgotten reason, I did not go out on that particular patrol, but I do remember everone talking about Ron and feeling dejected and miserable about what happened that day.

While on a routine patrol searching out Viet Cong in the swamps of the Rung Sat, the 2nd Platoon soldiers were crossing a small river when several of our choppers mistook the men for the enemy. As the choppers momentarily opened fire, everyone scrambled for safety except Frank Modde who was helping Ron cross the river on a raft. Frank somehow managed to reach shore, but Ron did not and he was lost to friendly fire or by drowning.  Everyone searched and searched, but Ron was lost and he was gone forever.

Jack Benedick recently informed me that he had personally dove into that muddy water time and time again, trying to find Ron. It's my understanding that follow up searches were conducted by other U.S. Army personnel and that every effort was expended to find him.

It's my understanding that one year later, the US Army changed his status from "Missing in Action" and declared him "Killed in Action".

Ronald Paul Schworer's body was never recovered...

P.S.   If other Charlie Company soldiers read this and can add to the story, it would be very much appreciated. Also, I must sadly report that Frank Modde lost his life in a motorcycle mishap near his Indiana home in the early 1970's.

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Richard Ronald Schworer's Letter To Bill Reynolds - January 1, 2001...

Thank you very much for the memories that you have of my uncle Ronald. I am the son of his brother, Richard. My name is Richard Ronald Schworer, Ronald being my namesake.  I have recently begun searching for information about his death. Not much was known in our family until I read your article on the Internet's Virtual Wall. I and my father much appreciate you doing that, more than words could say.

If you could put us in touch with others who may have memory of that event of 04/09/1967 it would mean a great deal to me.

Thank you Sir for your Service to our Country and your loyalty to a fallen comrade.

Best Wishes,
                    
Rick Schworer

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