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Special Agent Raymond R. Round

United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, September 12, 1970

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Reflections for Special Agent Raymond R. Round

Special Agent Round,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

September 12, 2020

Daddy,
I miss you so much. Thank you for your sacrifice for us. I love you so much
Love Tracy

Tracy
Daughter

September 12, 2020

I was with Ray in Thailand. He was my friend, my partner, and a great Agent. He was fun to be with had a great sense humor. I think of him often. His children and grandchildren have much to be proud of. Had he not left us when he did I am sure he would have accomplished great things. Rest in Peace my friend.

Master Sergeant, USAF, Retired
Special Agent OSI

September 12, 2020

I hope that my memory of Ray helps somewhat with the family.

Ray was already at the Detachment when I arrived on April 30, 1970. There were four agent, an administrative clerk, Jim Baker, aka Rabbit, and a Thai translator. The agents were, Major Blocik (detachment commander), Captain Art Gordon (Intelligence), Ray and myself in Criminal. Ray and I worked well together on many investigations including black-marketing and narcotics. We all lived in the civilian community in separate houses around the town of U-Tapao. Not sure to this day why that was, but it was. Ray lived about a mile from me in a single house. Ray was a fun guy and a really good investigator.

One day we were going to interview a Thai civilian, a low-level employee we suspected of theft. Both the translator and I did not believe the Thai would tell us anything as was the usual case. Ray smiled and took out a blood-pressure cup from his drawer, put it around the suspects arm and told him it was a truth detector and when he told a lie it would inflate. After the initial questions about his identity, Ray asked if he had stolen the item. The suspect said no, and Ray pumped up the cuff. The eyes on the suspect were round as saucers and his breathing quickly became erratic and he started talking up a streak. It was all we could do to keep straight faces. Needless to say, that case was solved. Ray just smiled when we asked him how he came up with that idea. Never did say!

On that terrible day, that I still think of to this day, after dinner at the Officers Club (as guests of Blocik and Art), I said I wanted to see a movie playing at the base theater and Ray said he was tired and was going home. We were pulling 10-12 hour days on a regular basis. I don’t remember what Art was going to do. Major Blocik and I were in the movie when we received a radio call from the Air Police of a shooting at Ray’s house. Blocik went to the office and I headed out to Ray’s house. When I arrived, the Thai Police were there along with an Air Policeman who was on patrol of the town, and Art showed up a few minutes later. Ray was at his Jeep, dead from bullet wounds. Art and I, after a few minutes alone with Ray to say a prayer (I am not a religious person, but this really hit Art and me hard). The Chief of Thai Police arrived and with his permission, I took charge of the crime scene. Art went into the neighborhood to talk with potential witnesses. Both Art and Ray were trained in the Thai language. The investigation went on and I received help from by another criminal agent sent by the District Office. After, I believe a month, we were notified that the Thai police identified two Thais’ believed to be the shooters and were going to arrest them. I went along. Unfortunately, the two suspects fled and were killed by the Thai Police. I really wanted to question them as to the origin of their order to shoot. Apparently, the heat was really on by the Thai Police and until I left in April 29, 1971 there was hardly any drug or black-market activity.

I have a couple photographs if you would like to contact me at my e-mail address.

Master Sergeant Allan Straw, USAF
Office of Special Investigations, Retired

September 12, 2020

Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. God Bless your grandson and keep him safe as he admirably serves and protects our great Nation.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 12, 2020

Grandpa I wish we could have met. I have heard nothing but great things about you. My wife and i are planning to go do a trip to see you and your accomplishments. I am in the army currently and am trying to find some people who knew you. I bought a house and am married. I know for a fact you would have been proud. Im glad grandma is with you and not suffering. We all love and miss both of you. Your grandson Patrick Scott.

If any of the people that have wrote something on here that knew him please email me. [email protected]

Spc Scott Patrick
Grandson

August 10, 2020

Rest in peace Special Agent Round.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 27, 2019

DAD I'm not very good with computers u have 7 grand children you would be proud of them there not perfect but they are all good kids even if once in a wile one of them mess up i've maid sure they know all about you I'm sure you and mom have found each other and are with god just to let u both know you were both wonderful parents and i love u both

Michael Sean Round
Son

July 24, 2019

Dad, I miss you everyday. I wish I could have had more time with you. Hope you found Mom. I love and miss you Dad.

Love forever your daughter
Tracy

Tracy Valenzuela
daughter

May 29, 2017

Grandpa, I'm thinking about you today. Hope you and grandma have finally reunited.

Treva
granddaughter

May 27, 2017

My novel AIR BASE has the fictionalization of his murder right from page one. It wasn't the Thais running the massive theft ring (they were stooges), but the Air Force Security Police and AFOSi that was running it. They covered it all up. In the sequel to the novel called THAILAND I 'solve' or explain his murder in the final denouement. The books are on Amazon for sale.

LCDR LEONARD H. LE BLANC III, USNR (RET)
STATIONED AT U-TAPAO AIR BASE TOO

November 27, 2016

The first chapter of my novel AIR BASE is a fictionalization of this exact incident. It involves a huge theft ring that everyone THOUGHT was being run by the Thais, but it was actually the Air Force Security Police that was running it - the Thais were just the conduits off base. No one was ever caught or prosecuted. The murder was never solved. The sequel of the novel is THAILAND when the murder is solved and explained in detail.

LCDR LEONARD H. LE BLANC III, USNR (RET)
STATIONED AT U-TAPAO AIR BASE TOO

November 27, 2016

I was assigned with Special Agent Round at Detachment 5105, Utapao Afld, Thailand from Dec 69 - Sep 70. We also attended Thai Language School at Crowell-Collier Language Institute (DLIECB), Alexandria, VA prior to assignment to Detachment 5105. He was an exceptional AFOSI Special Agent, Thai linguist and good friend, I miss him to this day and think of him often. His grandchildren are rightfully very proud of him.

Lt. Col Arthur R. Gordon, USAF Ret
Former AFOSI Special Agent

July 22, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 43rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 9, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 7, 2012

Hello Grandpa, you're being thought of and missed.

Treva
Grandaughter

May 28, 2012

Hey grandpa,
i pray about you all the time i always hope i could of met you. I wish i could have been with you and been able to serve with you.well im going in to the military to take after you!!well i wish to see you one day hopefully not soon and i love you grandpa!!! well you have 8 grandchildren from your son michael, im the ungest and iim thomas and patrick,michael,sean,raymond,tiffany,and tanya!!
i love you i tell everyone about you and show everyone your pictures at school, i wanted to show everyone how important you are to me.<3 !!!
Love your grandson
Thomas Round<3

Thomas Round
Grandson

April 30, 2012

I'm thinking about you today. xoxo

Treva Rivers
Grandaughter

September 13, 2011

Hi Grandpa, I would have loved to meet you. I have heard so many great things about you. We all miss you so much and wish you were here. love you grandpa

Anonymous

February 17, 2011

I rember him allways smiling and i miss him verey mutch im allso vere proud of him your grandchildren are also iwould have ritten sooner but idident know you had an addrest ilove you dad micheal sean

Anonymous

November 6, 2010

My thoughts are with all of your loved ones as your anniversary of your EOW approaches. I know those that love you carry you in their hearts and will continue to do so for as long as they walk this earth. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and those still out on patrol protecting all of us. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 10, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 12, 2008

AGENT ROUND, YOU HAVE SERVED WELL. MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE TO YOUR COUNTRY. TRULY A HERO. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RET.
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.

September 12, 2007

Today marks 37 years that you left this world to protect our country, You will never be forgotten by your family, and you will live as a hereo in our hearts for generations to come. Thank you Grandpa. Your missed. Love Treva

Treva Rivers
Grand-daughter

September 12, 2007

I'm thinking about you today.

Treva Rivers
Grandaughter

May 28, 2007

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