Delta Company 1/20
Delta Company, 1st Of The 20th, 11th Light Infantry Brigade
Ronald Walter Ferouge
Ronald Walter Ferouge was lost on May 14, 1969. During months of April, May & June in 1969 was for Delta Company a very hazardous time. On May 14th, Delta had choppered onto a hill and was almost immediately hit with three mortar rounds. Ferouge was badly wounded by the shrapnel and passed away from his wounds after leaving the battlefield by medical evacuation. He was from San Leandro, California.
A Thank You to Delta Company
Ronald Walter Ferouge is my brother, he is one year older then me. I want
to thank everyone who is responsible for remembering him and placing this web
page online in his honor. I also want to especially thank his friends who stood
beside him in his last days. My brother had a big heart, and he lived a life
of compassion and forgiveness. He hated to see any kind of suffering. My brother
died on May 14, 1969, even though we are able to cope with the loss, the pain
never goes away. My mother and father are still unable to look at his pictures
without breaking down. Being a father of two daughters myself, I know the loss
of a child leaves a big hole in your heart forever! A part of our soul has
died, and we can never recover from it. But knowing that Ron had friends who
stood beside him, and loved him, tells me he did not die alone. I ask God to
bless each and everyone of you who were there in our place to comfort him when
he was wounded until his passing.The thought of him dying without a single
family member with him breaks my heart once again. I had to thank his friends
for being there, but in doing so, I had to stop several times and compose
myself, because I too still cry in private.
The young soldier Ferouge is my second cousin, my father is Arthur M. Ferouge.
Our roots lie in Indonesia as a colony of the Netherlands until 1948. After the
independence of Indonesia almost all Dutch/Indonesians left the country for our
homeland the Netherlands. Later on many of them emigrated to the USA, Australia
and Canada. We have several Ferouge-members in California (a.o. in Seattle). The
features of our nephew are familiar to us. Our French name origins from a
grandfather who was an officer (Lanciers) in the French army (1800). After
Waterloo (1815) he recieved the highest military reward (Legion d'honneur).
He joined the Dutch Army and went to Indonesia. He became famous in the
so-called Java-wars. His name is mentioned in the national militairy library
as a hero. He died because of disentry.
If you know anything about him, his home or family, please contact us. Thank you.