Taps, Present Arms
Sergeant Major (Retired)
Alfred Barrera Ramirez, 76, passed away in Gonzales, California, on
October 18, 2006 after a long battle with cancer caused by Agent
Orange. He was born January 1, 1930 in North Platte, Nebraska.
SGM Ramirez served 20 years in
the Army with assignments in the 82nd Airborne Division, the 101st
Airborne Division, and the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit,
where he was assigned as a coach and shooter.
He fought in the Korean War
and served two tours of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. He retired
from the Army in 1985 and then worked for the U.S. Postal Service for
was awarded the U. S.
Pistol Shot Badge
in 1963 and was a
2600 shooter. Other
decorations include the Combat
Infantryman Badge and the Master
Upon retirement from his
second career, Ramirez traveled with his wife, grew tomatoes, chili
peppers, and cucumbers, watched football and baseball games, and
enjoyed the special times with his granddaughter and his grandson.
His family will remember him
as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, while those who
served with "Ram" will remember his ever present smile.