Fuite, Ronald James


Rank: Private First Class

Unit: A Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 10-Jun-1949

Hometown: West Olive, Michigan

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 11-Oct-1969

Incident date: 15-Jan-1970

Date of casualty: 16-Feb-1980

Age at death: 30

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
At night defensive position (NDP).  Engaged hostile force in firefight.  Individual was admitted to 24th Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh, on 15 Jan 1970 at 0510 hrs and placed on Very Serious Injury (VSI) on 15 Jan 1970 at 0545 hrs.  / Individual was evacuated to 106th General Hospital, Yokohama, Japan, on 27 Jan 1970. / Ronald James Fuit died on 16 Feb 1980 as a result of woulds received in Vietnam on 15 Jan 1970.

Army PFC Ronald James Fuite of West Olive, Mich. was wounded in action January 15, 1970. He suffered “a fragment wound to the head.” Ron returned to the states in 1970. He was quadriplegic and unable to speak. He spent the next 10 years in veterans hospitals, mostly in Battle Creek and Ann Arbor. Ronald, 30, died Feb. 16, 1980. Two years later, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated. His name was added in 1990.

Two Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SSG David Cruz Chavez
PFC Ronald James Fuite

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, XT 273 780

Place of interment: Grand Haven Cemetery, Grand Haven, Michigan, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 14W 038 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)
Ronald James Fuite was added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day, November 11, 1991.



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