- Full Name: RALPH BYRON PAPPAS
- Date of Birth: 3/14/1940
- Date of Casualty: 3/30/1967
- Home of Record: PRESIDIO, CALIFORNIA
- Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS
- Rank: CAPT
- Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
- asualty Province: QUANG TRI
Captain Pappas was the Forward Air Observer attached to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines on March 30, 1967.
Our company had been split into three seperate units for the purpose of setting up night ambush positions. Captain Pappas was with our CP Group which also included the 2nd and 3rd Squads of the 2nd Platoon.
The North Vietnamese Army (NVA) attacked our small unit on Hill 70 which became known as “Getlin's Corner” in honor of our CO Michael Getlin also KIA.
I remember Captain Pappas calmly attempting to call in air support for our greatly outnumbered Marines. Enemy mortars, heavy machine guns and granades were all over us as Captain Pappas was mortally wounded.
The Grunts had the utmost respect for our FAO because even though they were pilots, they were willing to spend months in the bush on the ground to provide us the very best air support possible. The Grunts of the “Flaming I” who survived Getlin's Corner will always remember our Marine brother Captain Ralph Byron Pappas.
Jack Riley, 2nd Squad Leader
2nd Platoon, India Company
3rd Bn. 9th Marines
1966 – 1967
PAPPAS, RALPH B
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF BIRTH: 03/14/1940
- DATE OF DEATH: 03/30/1967
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 04/07/1967
- BURIED AT: SECTION 4 SITE 2986-H
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard