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LCpl Andrew Rankin - 8-16-2019

April 1, 1969
Dear mom and dad,
Well here’s my pay check $211.00.  I’m doing alright.  I got your letter today about Doug getting killed.  It’s really hard to believe.  Give Mrs Conley my feelings.  This stinking war they get the good guys.  And mom, don’t worry about me getting hurt when it my turn to get it, there’s nothing I can do about it.  If God wants me to go, I’ll go but you’ll see me up in heaven.  So if I go, you’ll see me again one of these days right.  Well, I’ll go for now.  Just remember I’ll always love you and dad with all my heart and I think you’re the best parents anybody could have.

Your son, Andy.

From his Commander:
On April 29th, Andrew Rankin was participating in a squad size patrol near Danang.  Andrew tripped an enemy firing device and received fragmentation wounds throughout his body and head.  Despite the efforts of the medical personnel to save him, he succumbed from his wounds.

The letter to his mom and dad was the last letter Andrew wrote.  Come visit the St Charles County Veterans Museum to learn more about Andrew and other veterans. 

“No one is ever gone as long as someone has memories of them.” Ralph Barrale

Please contact the St. Charles County Veterans Museum Oral History project at or call 636-294-2657 for more information and lets’ talk. We want to hear from you because we know…Every Veteran has a story.


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