This website is intended to provide information about The Battle of Ripcord in Vietnam, March 12 – July 23, 1970. The soldiers who were involved in this battle, and about The Ripcord Association which was started in 1985. All information, comments and suggestions are appreciated. Please send them to:

2020 Ripcord Reunion Canceled

I am sorry to announce that we have had to cancel the2020 FSB Ripcord Association reunion in Springfield, MO.  With the pandemic, the uncertainty of the length of its impact and the fact that our members are all in the high risk category of contracting the disease, we have decided to try again in 2021.

We have the facility reserved for early October 2021 so it will be the 51st anniversary of the battle.  Other than the date, all else will be the same. Ripcord Reunion 2021 at  Springfield , MO,  Wed 7 Oct to Sat. 10 October.  With Sunday 11 October the get away day.

I recommend you cancel your present room reservations.

Your reunion sign-up fees will be carried over for you for 2021.  If you want a refund contact me.

The next newsletter will contain as much detail as we have available at that time.

Thank you for your support and I hope to see you next year after this pandemic is over.
Any questions contact me at, or call at 856-451-1108.
Take care and be safe!
Lee Widjeskog
A 2/506 1970

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latest and recent News and Updates
for The Ripcord Association

Last Update
May 7, 2020


Fire Base Ripcord

Ripcord Facts

Learn the facts about The Battle for Firebase Ripcord 

Facts about Ripcord
Units Involved
The 20 Deadliest Battles in Vietnam


Ripcord Association holds their reunion yearly in various locations across the country

Future Reunions
1986 thru 1999 Reunions
2000 thru 2018 Reunions

Ripcord Reunion 2021
at  Springfield , MO
Wed 6 Oct to Sat. 9 October.
With Sunday 10 October the get away day.

2020 Ripcord Reunion




Ripcord Reunion 2021
at  Springfield , MO
Wed 6 Oct to Sat. 9 October.
With Sunday 10 October the get away day.



Ripcord Reunion 2021
at  Springfield , MO
Wed 6 Oct to Sat. 9 October.
With Sunday 10 October the get away day.


Added to our
Video History of Ripcord page
Hill 902 Charlie company 2/506
presentation by Ken Pitetti,
a frame by frame account  on what happened on Hill 902

View Video


The Ripcord Report is a quarterly newsletter about the Ripcord Association and it’s members. Our archives contains all the newsletters since 1985.

Current Newsletter
#122 Ripcord report

Newsletter Archives

Currahee Memorial Brick Paver Project

Honor the memory of your buddies with a laser etched paver that will last forever.  Pavers are installed at the Currahee Memorial on Fort Campbell and will be maintained by the 506th Infantry Regiment Association.

To order a paver go to: or click on Updates on this page and follow the process.


Free Membership, just fill out our application to become a member.

Updated  5/4/2020

Application Form
Membership Roster 
Members by State


Biographies and Tributes of men that fought in The Battle of Ripcord

Member Biographies


Donations are very important!
Donations pay for the printing and mailing of the newsletter and help with the cost of organizing the Reunions.


Ripcord Videos

Video stories, Interviews, and documentaries with the veterans that were in The Battle of Firebase Ripcord

Go to Video Page

Memorial Page

Roster of the 138 Americans KIA during The Battle of Ripcord


Memorial Page

Ripcord Association

Read how the Ripcord Association was started and how it is today

Association History

Board of Directors

The feature-length documentary entitled,
The Ghosts of Ripcord, is now available on DVD!

To make your purchase please visit the official Facebook page here:

For an exclusive glimpse at the film check out our latest trailer here:

Make sure to follow our Facebook page to get all the latest updates about the film!

Fire Base Ripcord  after evacuation


Read  the reports written describing after action reports

1970 Unit History 101st
Operation Texas Star