Richards, Theodore Stanley, CSM

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Command Sergeant Major
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
00Z-Command Sergeant Major IN
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1954-1972, 00Z, Special Forces Units
Service Years
1942 - 1972


Special Forces
Command Sergeant Major


Ten Service Stripes



Ten Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Wilkes-Barre
Last Address
Hope Mills, NC

Date of Passing
Jan 01, 1981
 
Location of Interment
Fort Bragg Post Cemetery - Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Belgian Fourragere US Army Retired (Pre-2007) French Fourragere

101st Airbone Division Special Forces Group


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Chapter I/XVIII - The Samuel S. Theriault/Aaron Bank Chapter
  1972, Special Forces Association, 1, Chapter I/XVIII - The Samuel S. Theriault/Aaron Bank Chapter (Executive Officer) (Fayetteville, North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
THEODORE STANLEY RICHARDS, Captain/Command Sergeant Major (Retired) died 1 January 1981 in Hope Mills, NC. Born 31 August 1922, he entered active duty in 1942 during WWII where he parachuted in Airborne Operations in Normandy, Bastogne, and Holland as a member of the 101st Airborne Division. The beginning of a military career that spanned three wars, including a commission in combat and later a return to the enlisted ranks where he served with distinction as a Command Sergeant Major during the early 1950's throughout the peak training years of Special Forces. His awards include the Bronze Star for Valor, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Master Parachutist Badge and Combat Infantry badge, 3rd Award. Words are inadequate as a means to convey our individual feelings in the loss of Ted Richards. A hard, but fair taskmaster, his leadership was inspirational and he never gave an order that he was not willing to carry out himself. He was a Soldier of the highest order of uprightness and conviction. He will be missed.

   
Other Comments:

" Special Forces Soldier"
I was that which others did not want to be.
I went where others feared to go, and did what others failed to do
I asked nothing from those who gave nothing, and reluctantly
accepted the thought of eternal loneliness should I fail
I have seen the face of terror, felt the stinging cold of fear,
and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moment's love..
I have cried, pained, and hoped, but most of all,
I have lived times others would say are best forgotten.
At least someday, I will be able to say I was proud of what I was....
A Special Forces Soldier


(
Author Unknown)

   
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 3rd Award

Master Parachutist (3 Combat Jumps)
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 
 Unit Assignments
101st Airborne Division 187th Airborne Regimental Combat TeamSpecial Forces Units
  1943-1945, 745, 101st Airborne Division
  1952-1953, 1542, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team
  1954-1972, 00Z, Special Forces Units
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
  1944-1945 Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
  1944-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Siege of Bastogne
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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