Memorial Day Remembrance 2021… Ronald Allen Slane SP5 US Army 1967-68 Vietnam

VFW Memorial
Depoe Bay Oregon
Ronald Allen Slane SP5 US Army 1967-68 Vietnam
Neighbors for Kids at VFW Memorial Garden
Depoe Bay, Oregon
Neighbors for Kids, VFW Memorial Garden 2021
by Kimberly Boyd, NFK Board and Volunteer
Depoe Bay, Oregon

In Memory of Ronald Allen Slane SP5 US Army, Vietnam 1967-68, VFW Post Auxiliary 5653, Depoe Bay, Oregon

http://www.voanews.com/content/a-13-2005-11-10-voa14-66907182/262815.html  Quote from this website and article…

L.D. James recounts what happened to one group of soldiers in a new book called Unfortunate Sons: A True Story of Young Men and War (Cambridge Dent Publishers).

“The author tracked down survivors of the ambush with the help of the Internet and Manchu reunions. He also talked with the families of men who died, like that of Ron Slane. Unlike most of the Manchus, who were drafted into the military, Ron Slane volunteered to go to war as an army medic. He was a conscientious objector, but believed he had a duty to serve in some way. The book includes a letter he wrote to his younger brother:”

“This war has all of a sudden jumped right into my lap. It’s not a game any more. Tomorrow night if everything goes the way they say, we’re scheduled for ambush patrol. It’s the real thing and I’m scared. Not of dying though. What frightens me is will I be able to care properly for those men that I am responsible for.”

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A life cut short by war…  Ron Slane’s smile shows a young man full of life and hope.  Ron is from Lincoln City, Oregon and is remembered on more than one memorial in his home town and on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC.

Judy and I were on a walk awhile ago with grand dog Skai to the Depoe Bay Park next to the harbor.  In the park is the Ron Slane VFW Post Auxiliary 5653 shown in the photos here.  I paused and took a picture while being completely distracted from the voice of Judy telling me to come along and catch up. 

I have lived a full life at age 75.  I feel blessed with all the challenges and rewards of a life lived well.  We are enjoying retirement on the Oregon coast with close friends, community involvement, the love of our family, and a new grandchild arriving very soon…

It has been healing for me to be reminded of those who served America in past wars, including my own father in WWII and the Korean War.  Wars have taken the lives of millions on the battle field, at sea, and in the air like Ron Slane at the beginning of a promising adult life. 

Countless others over the years who returned home suffered a life time from the trauma and horror of war with visible and invisible wounds.  So, after several minutes of reflection at the VFW memorial it was time to “catch up” with Judy and Skai. 

I decided to go home and find out about Ronald Slane of Lincoln City who was killed in action in 1968 trying to save the life of another soldier, his buddy.   Ron was a medic who volunteered to serve America but did not believe in fighting and killing.   Ron Slane is honored and remembered today as a post on this blog…

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Ronald Allen Slane SP5
Date of Birth 19470427 04/27/1947
Service A Army
Component Y Selective Service
Rank SP5 Specialist Fifth Class
Grade and posthumous promotion E5
Service Occupation 91B20 Medical Specialist (ARMY)
Actual Date of Casualty 19680302 03/02/1968
Actual Date of Death 19680302 03/02/1968
Tour Date 670918 09/18/1967
Posthumous decoration
Casualty Type A1 Hostile, Died
Reason D Gun, Small Arms Fire
Air no Air 7 Ground Casualty
Body Recovered — Undefined Code

http://army.togetherweserved.com/army/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person&ID=68969

http://www.cityofdepoebay.org/pdf/minutes/council/2002-2010/cc_2005-12-20.pdf

V.  SPECIAL ORDERS (from the regular meeting of the Depoe Bay City Council on December 20, 2005)
A.  Presentation:  Larry Newman – Ron Slane VFW Post/Auxiliary 5653
Commander Larry Newman and Adjutant Al Burke, on behalf of Ron Slane VFW Post 5653 in Lincoln City, presented certificates for meritorious and distinguished service in furthering the aims and ideals of Veterans of Foriegn Wars. to Tanya York, the Kids Zone (www.neighborsforkids.org), Dr. and Mrs Jack Brown, Pery Murray, and Mayor White for the City of Depoe Bay.

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On this day, in this year of 2021, I remember and honor all who have served and died for America. I also remember and honor my service to America too, USN!

I think sometimes we forget to remember and honor you, the one who loves yourself and others the most. You might also know that, if you love yourself as much as you love others, you will feel loved and blessed more than you can imagine…

It’s never been easy for me, nor do I believe life is easy for anyone on the planet. That’s because we are all the same, I believe that…

We are not the same, though, on a few minor details, that are often missed placed as all important. More than some folks are rich, many more just get by. All too many good and decent souls are in poverty or worse, homeless and without shelter.

I believe we are so very much the same, though. It is this one thing that is all too often put aside for the missed placed things. It is kindness and love…

I did not know or understand love growing up as a post WWII War Baby. My home, like 10s of thousands veterans back then, served as home based ‘critical care’ beds for all the moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and cousins who were lucky to come home. They came home injured and damaged emotionally, often for a lifetime…

In my own life these days, home must be the focus of health care. Home is where a healthy life style starts, or ends, or doesn’t start at all. Do you know homes just like all of these? I do. I’ve lived in them or been with my friends who do…

I love to start the day with a healthy life style. It hasn’t been like that mostly in my life until now, as an old 70something surf dude, I know…

Battered up, scared, and tuned up more than my share, I live with a sense that is a gift these days. I realize now the one thing that got me here in the first place. It is love, only love, and kindness…

So, on this day in 2021, I remember kindness and love. And remember too, we are all the same with love and kindness in our souls.

Remember this too, Your neighbors will love you as much as you love yourself…

Steve Sparks
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Stay safe while remembering the fallen and all who serve and served America during the COVID19 pandemic.

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This is a red granite memorial tablet mounted behind on a gray granite slab with an electric flame on a pedestal in front of the Lincoln County Courthouse.

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Several  years ago while walking around our City Park in Depoe Bay, Oregon, I stopped to look closely at our town’s VFW Veterans Memorial.  When I looked closer, the name Ronald Allen Slane, Sp5, US Army 1967-68 was engraved on the plaque as an example to honor veterans of all wars.  Ron was a medic who died during an ambush in Vietnam while trying to save another soldier…he didn’t even have a weapon to defend himself.  “Ron Slane, Lincoln City, Oregon, volunteered to go to war as an army medic.  He was a conscientious objector, but believed he had a duty to serve in some way.”

VFW Memorial Depoe Bay, Oregon

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For me, and millions of kids born before and after WWII, Memorial Day is very personal.  Now, in retirement, I devote much of my spare time honoring veterans of all wars, and military families who serve too…  I also honor my fellow veterans who served during the Vietnam War, and all the wars since then.  We can never thank our veterans and their families enough for serving America while protecting the freedoms we enjoy each and every day of our lives.  This is a debt that can never be paid back…

And during this terrible COVID19 pandemic, we remember and honor those who left us while serving on the front lines even though the risk of infection was was far greater than anything experienced before. These are the front line heroes of the COVID19 generation and the families who serve too…

So, on this Memorial Day when so many of us avoid crowds, check out the veterans memorials on-line and give thanks to all those who have served, who serve now, and will serve in the future, including first responders who keep us safe on the home front.  Thank the families and loved ones who serve too, and who become the care givers to our heroes who return home with moral and physical injuries that often require a lifetime of healing. 

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“Fleet of Flowers” on Memorial Day in Depoe Bay…Memories from past years…before COVID


Honoring the Armed Forces of America on Memorial Day Depoe Bay, Oregon  Quote from this website…

“On Memorial Day, each year since 1945, Depoe Bay has hosted the FLEET OF FLOWERS. This colorful ceremony is recognized as one of the most impressive observances held in the United States. The event was initiated to honor the memories of two fishermen, Roy Bower and John Chambers, who died at sea in an attempt to aid another fisherman.  The Fleet of Flowers is to honor those who have been lost at sea.  The event has grown over the years to include members of the Armed Forces as well as fishermen and firefighters who gave their lives to serve others.”

Steve’s thoughts…

Since moving to the Oregon Coast over 15 years ago, we have come to know the honor bestowed on the legacy of coastal fishermen.  Lives have been lost and saved at sea over many decades either because of the extreme weather conditions at times or in a rescue effort by the US Coast Guard stationed in Depoe Bay and other ports along the Oregon Coast. 

Memorial Day is the time for honor and remembrance of those who gave their lives while building Oregon’s fishing industry.  It is also the time to honor the US Coast Guard’s historic role in providing homeland security and protecting the coastal waters of Oregon.  Depoe Bay has a strong presence of the US Coast Guard who serve our community along with the firefighters, emergency medical services, and local police 1st responders.  With great pride, we honor the Armed Forces of America on Memorial Day as well.

The long tradition of the Fleet of Flowers on Memorial Day brings much joy and healing to the community.  We celebrate and honor those who have risked their lives while serving America and all the families who served too…

We will dearly miss this very special annual Memorial Day celebration, Depoe Bay’s very own for 75 years.

See you all next year with anticipation. Be safe and healthy…

Steve Sparks, Author, Mental Health Advocate, Community Building Consultant

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