Are ... 241 Men
We have compiled an unofficial roster of those who served in the LRRP of the 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division between 1966 through mid-1969. We are reasonably sure that there were at least 241 men who served in the Second Brigade LRRP. There are a few other men who we think were with us but have no records to prove so.
A definitive count is very difficult. There are no centralized official Army records indicating LRRP unit assignments. Soldiers were detached from host units as they came and went from the LRRP. It was amazing that any of us were paid much less promoted. This list is a stitched together list from recollections, letters, order fragments and other sources. If you can offer any improvement in accuracy ... please send an email to Mike Lapolla (firstname.lastname@example.org).
These men operated in the Ia Drang Valley of the Central Highlands. Our home was the Oasis Base Camp west of Pleiku. The LRRPs preceded the reactivation of the 75th Ranger Regiment - we were truly "Vietnam's First Rangers".
The listings are in alphabetical order, without rank, by initial year of LRRP service. For those KIA, they are listed in red by rank, full name, date of death, and their location on Vietnam Veteran's Memorial is indicated by panel and row.
1966 - Early 1967
SGT Ronald Joseph Bonert (6/14/67: 21E100) - SFC Charles Jackson Britt (3/30/72: 2W124) - William Branson - Ray Cabaceros - Frank Camper - Ronald Coon - Dan Davis - Sp4 Diamond - Charles Dove - John Griswold - SP4 Daniel Lee Harmon (6/2/67: 21E34) - Thomas Harris - James Hart - Male Hatchett - Camet Hawthorne - Roger Hill - James Huebner - David Huxtable - Charles Keough - Michael Lapolla - Wayne Littlejohn - Bill Mask - Ron Norton - James Pack - Anthony Padilla - John Sanderson - NFN Seals - Harry Schreiner - Wilford Snake - Ronald Speck - William Steffens - Cornelius Struthers - Sherman Tilley - James Umberger - Houston Whitlock - Lawrence Willey - (36)
NFN Allen - Steve Anderson - NFN Batro - Joe Blackwell - James Bradley - Dean Bridges - Albert L. Brown - Ebon Chue - Isaiah Clark - James Clarke - Daniel Conti - William Corbitt - Michael Courtney - Robert Crawford - Gary Crowder - Larry Curfman - Joseph Deluca - Charles Dintleman - Roy Dixon - Apolonia Enriquez - Douglas Flowers - Kevin Flaherty - John Fournier - Vernon Francis - Thomas Garnett, Jr. - Marshall Girard - John Gibson - James Jiles - Irsbaldy Jusino - Robert Goodin - Robert Gould - Jack Hall - Paul Halverson - Duane Hart - John Hill - Tom Jarvis - PFC Robert Lee Johnson (8/1/67: 24E61) - Duane Jones - Rodger Lamkin - Lloyd Lee - James Lemon - James Leone - PFC Richmond Ross Luce (5/29/67: 21E14) - Donald Lunley - Robert McCarthy - Jack McFarland - James McGrew - Charles Mathews - Murphy Mitchell - Clarence Moton - Chester Mundy - Keith Naccarato - Russell Oliver - Carl Plummer - John Powers - NFN Rilley - Jimmy Roberts - Gary Robinson - William Rogers - David Savage - Richard Shaner - NFN Shin - Jim Shover - Marvin L. Sinclair - Robert Smyers - James Sommers - Phillip Stafford - Charles Thieme - Robert Thomas - Charles Thompson - Dennis Thunander - James Trimble - Lewis Vess - Terry M. Wade - Malan West - Anthony Wheeler - Jim Winkler - Larry Wurtz - Eugene Yancosky (79)
SP4 Dennis Lynn Ahrendsen (9/6/68: 45W47) - Walter Austin - SFC Armin Jochaim Blake (3/22/69: 28W8) - John Beckett - Gregory Burtness - Rick Callahan - Rick Clyburn - Lonnie Colbray - Donald Connaville - Richard Cope - Donald Courtney -Jim Cunningham - SGT Ralph Gerard Dunn (2/16/69: 32W43) - Bradley Finch - James Finch - SSGT Dickie Waine Finley (MIA 10/21/68: 40W11) - Arthur Flores - Merle E. Freed - Thomas Fretwell - Dennis Gemberling - SP4 Luther Anderson Ghahate (10/21/68: 40W12) - Marshall Gerard - Sherwood Hall - SGT Gerald Quinn Hancock (2/16/69: 32W43) - Mark Hapsis - Clyde Hinkle - Barry Hoehn - NFN Hoy - Robert Hullinger - Roger Lee Kerns - SP4 Joseph John Kull, Jr (9/6/68: 45W54) - SGT Michael Eugene Lawton (12/1/68: 37W17) - Stephan Lockhard - NFN Luckadew - Larry McJenkins - Bob Madej - Larry Massoletti - Edward Mateer - Ken Mayle - CPL Hugh Rufus McKinney (2/16/69: 32W45) - G. Miller - Don Melanson - John Miller - Reynolds Moreland - David Morgan - Ronald C. Neugard - Luther Newby - Rick Noble - Bernard Pisarcik - Robert Plaskett - Cliff Popay - Nick Posdniakoff - Tom Reed - SP4 Jack Lee Rightmeyer (2/16/69: 32W46) - Thomas Schadegg - Robert Soule - William Stacey - Robert Stack - SP5 Joseph John Steimbach (4/12/68: 49E36) - William Steir - Harry Sweeney - Noble Taylor II - CPL William Arthur Thompson (7/12/68 52W20) - David Texiera - Hector Torres - Leonard Valeen - Richard Wilson - James Wright - Theodore Yasui - James L. Zvonar (69)
NFN Baltes - Jerry Barker - Dolores Barreto - Raymond Barrio - NFN Belton - Mike Bernitt - Mike Browning - Steve Corey - Anthony Dennis - Steve Deporter - Ernie Eidem - John Elliot - Bob Fraser - Warren Gallion - NFN Garcia - David Ham - NFN Hammack - Chuck Harubin - SGT Steve Hathaway (6/23/69: 22W119) - SGT Kenneth Charles Hess (2/8/69: 33W89) - NFN Holton - Dennis Hopfinger - NFN Hopper - Bob Howard - NFN Howell - PFC Nathaniel Irving (2/8/69: 33W86) - NFN Kozieja - Peter Kurtz - Jerry Lichnovsky - SP4 Craig John Loftus (1/9/69: 35W62) - Gary Lucas - Ray McFarr - John Mawhinny - Jeremiah Mele - Alfred Nesbitt - Clinton Newman - Larry Nicholas - NFN Olague - Julian Plant - Ken Pollitt - NFN Quinterro - Jake Rakauskas - David Ravegum - Jim Rogers - Robert (Sanchez) Sans - Mike Simms - John Slattery - Steve Smock - George Street - James Testerman - NFN Webb - Ed White - Richard Williams - Randy Windstein - SP4 Todd Louis Wood (1/9/69: 35W62) - John Yarosz (56)
Since Mid 1969 (KIA Only)
During this period the 2nd Brigade LRRP was transitioning to the 75th Ranger Regiment. This website is not tracking all members of the 75th since mid-1969. However we are honoring those who were KIA after that date. They are below:
CPL Frank William Humes (7/8/69: 21W83) - PFC Dennis Michael Belonger (7/19/69: 20W17) - SGT Wallate Fred Thibodeau (7/19/69: 20W23) - SP4 Raymond Page Johnson (8/9/69: 20W118) - PFC Lonnie Lowell Gibson (9/28/69: 17W16) - CPL Eddie Dean Carpenter (11/13/69: 16W69) - SGT Luis A N Hilerio-Padilla (11/13/69: 16W69) - PFC Robert John Silva (11/27/69: 16W127) - SP4 Kenneth James Smolarek (11/27/69: 16W128) - SGT Michael William Lynne (1/7/70: 14W8) - SP4 La Roy Frederich Roth (1/7/70: 14W9) - SP4 Charles Willard Jr. (11/11/69: 14W10) - SSGT William Bartholomew (1/23/70: 14W60) - SP4 Dean Allen Borneman (11/23/70: 14W58) - SGT Luther James Doss Jr. (4/30/70: 11W72) - SP4 Frank Edward McClellan 6/4/70: 9W8) - SP4 Earl David Broach (8/3/70: 8W78) - PFC Elevio Alfred Gomez (8/19/70: 8W124) - Sp4 Antonio Ambrosio Grau (8/30/70: 7W24) - SSGT William Eugene Roller (9/7/70: 7W45) - CPL Frank Harold Miller Jr. (9/19/70: 7W74) - SP4 Roy Christopher Olgyay (9/19/70: 7W74) - SSGT Robert Wilber Toler, Jr. (12/5/70: 6W109) - SGT James Bruce McLaughlin (4/16/71: 4W129) - PFC Donald Edward LaRue (9/16/71: 2W17)
First Names (NFN) & Service Year:
Cates - Conrad - Goul - Holloway - McGill - Payne - Streeter
Service Year & Confirmation:
Robert Bizart - Jerry Garrison - Donald Richardson
Effective April 14, 2016