82nd Airborne Division (Vietnam) Golden Brigade – Vietnam 1968 – 1969

May 30, 2015

Ralph Judson Mears Jr. KIA May 30, 1969

Category: All Messages,Forever Young,Taps – Ron Yorkovich – 12:00 am

SP5 Ralph Mears is honored on Panel 23W, Row 22 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A native of Norfolk, VA, he was born on April 29, 1949, the son of Norfolk homicide detective Ralph J. Mears, Sr.  Juddy was a member of the Tidewater Council Boy Scout Troop 44 and received his rank of Eagle on May 13, 1964. “Baby-San” was 21 years old when he was killed in action during a mortar attack on May 30, 1969 in the province of Hua Nghia while serving as Senior Medic with C 1/505th PIR.

Photo provided by Don McPhail
Photo Provided by Rick Talioaga
Photo provided by Gene Taylor
Life Magazine June 27, 1969


  1. I always think of Juddy on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Juddy was the son of a friend of my father and he was part of an extended family consisting of the families of Norfolk, Va police officers. Juddy died too early in his life but he died doing what he wanted to do – serve his Country. . His father Ralph J. Mears Sr. (A retired Norfolk Police Officer) was also a friend mine and someone I was honored to serve with in the Detective Bureau of the Norfolk Police Department. Both Ralph Sr. And Juddy are and were honorable men who provided and dedicated their lives to serving Country and Community. Juddy’s death, along with thousands of others who gave their lives in combat, contributed in a meaningful way to the freedom we in America all enjoy. Juddy, rest in peace and you shall live forever in my memory so long as I live. Charles L. Cameron, Sgt. USMC 1964-1968 and Norfolk, Virginia Police Department (Retired).

    Comment by Charles L. Cameron — May 26, 2013 @ 8:18 am

  2. Tears come to my eyes just to see his picture…he taught me everything he could about being a medic..we were both Virginians and became good friends..I would have never met him if it had not been for Viet Nam…and if it had not been for Viet Nam, I would not have lost a friend … but I have never forgotten.
    “Doc” Taylor 1/505 Co. A
    Posted by: Gene Taylor

    Comment by Ron Yorkovich — May 10, 2015 @ 7:35 pm

  3. “Doc” Mears was a very good and dedicated Medic. As I recall he had extended his tour to stay in the field. We were in an overcrowded ARVN compound because of a Vietnamese Holiday and we couldn’t be on patrol. We always had to follow the rules you know. Needless to say we were hit that night. I was the Forward Observer for A Co. “Doc” Mears was a heroic and fine young man.
    Posted by: Bill Culp 1ST LT FO A CO 1/505

    Comment by Ron Yorkovich — May 10, 2015 @ 7:35 pm

  4. On 1-9-01 I received a call from Larry Jamison in response to my ad in “Paraglide”. Larry tells me that Ralph was pictured in the “Life” Magazine story on 6-27-69 about “The Faces of the American Dead – One week’s total”. My brother, Herman L. Judy, Jr. is pictured in that article also. I am told that Ralph was a very fine medic. I look forward to visiting the Fort Bragg, NC Museum to see the display of the “Life” magazine and Ralph’s pewtered combat boots. What a special tribute to one of America’s fine young men.
    Posted by: Donna Judy Lathe, (daughter of Hilda Judy)

    Comment by Ron Yorkovich — May 10, 2015 @ 7:36 pm

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