Ronald Joseph Brissette
He was 21 years old from Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He died June 11th 1966 at the Battle of LocNinh Plantation (Panel 08E--Line 34).
Ron was a guy that if he saw that you were having a hard time humping the bush, he would take some of your load. I remember one night on ambush patrol .We sat up near some Ant Hills, sometime during the night I could hear this low swearing and grunts and groans then I could hear slapping and someone jumping up and down, I could hear people start laughing. During the night Ron had rolled over near an Ant Hill and now they were having a feast. Needless to say our ambush patrol was over, for days after, every time we would see Ron we would start slapping ourselves and start laughing. When Ron first came to the Platoon, I shared his first meal with him (oats) On the morning of the 11th, I shared his last meal with him (coffee, ham and eggs, Funny how those things stick in your mind. For years I couldn't get myself to eat breakfast.
Ron ,his first day at Recon, the cots were hard ,so we would go into the village and get mattresses, this is his new one, we can all thank Mack for this, he was the first one to bring one back to the tent.