Barnard, Richard George, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B40-Infantry Platoon Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 11B40, C Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1955 - 1968

Sergeant First Class


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1937
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Rochester, NY
Last Address
Rochester, NY

Casualty Date
Dec 22, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Edgemont Cemetery - Anniston, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
36W 061

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 National Guard Awards


 
 Unit Assignments
4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1968-1968, 11B40, C Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment
  1968-1968, 11B40, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
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Last Known Activity



This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Takes Pride in Presenting


THE 
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
to

BARNARD, RICHARD GEORGE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Richard George Barnard (RA12471352), Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company C, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. Sergeant First Class Barnard distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 22 December 1968 as a platoon leader at a fire support base near Tay Ninh City. Shortly after midnight a regimental-size Viet Cong/North Vietnamese Army force hit the camp with a devastating mortar, rocket-propelled grenade and rocket attack, followed by human wave assaults. The communists centered their drive against the section of the perimeter manned by Sergeant Barnard's company and succeeded in seizing five of its bunkers. Realizing that the base was in danger of being overrun, Sergeant Barnard unhesitatingly volunteered to lead an attempt to oust the aggressors from these positions. By placing effective fire with his rifle and hurling fragmentation grenades, he killed the enemy troops in four of the fortifications. As he fearlessly assaulted the last stronghold, he was mortally wounded by the fierce hostile fire. Sergeant First Class Barnard's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Headquarters, US Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 628 (February 20, 1969)
   
Comments/Citation
 
I WAS THERE THAT NIGHT, AT THE NEXT BUNKER OVER: 

That night was hell with a lot of noise and bombs going off. Just know that the next morning after an hour of sleep, we got up and saw how close the VC were to us. We didn't know until 2000, at our 4/9 Manchu's reunion how close to dying I was. And how he saved us that night. I was told this by Richard's Captain, He knew what went on that night and told me all about how Richard had saved our C and B Companies. Thank you, and I will always remember you and what you did that night. Colman11D40@yahoo.com
   
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