Boyd, Richard Klemm, Jr., MAJ

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Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 1542, 101st Airborne Division
Service Years
1960 - 1967
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Three Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
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Casualty Date
Oct 26, 1967
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28E 072

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1967, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment101st Airborne Division
  1963-1964, 1542, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1967-1967, 1542, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment
  1967-1967, 1542, 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1963-1964 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1956-1960, United States Military Academy
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Richard Klemm Boyd, Jr. 
Born on 9 April 1938, at Fort Benning Georgia, Richard was the son of Colonel Richard Klemm Boyd, USA. A graduate of the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts in 1956, he was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point the same year graduating in 1960. Despite the fact that his home of record is sometimes listed as Carlisle and other times as West Point, he only spent time in Cumberland County when his father was assigned to the US Army War College. Young Boyd was on his second tour of duty in Vietnam when he died on 26 October 1967, in Operation Wheeler. At the time of his death he was the company commander for Company B, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry (Airborne) Regiment.

Richard Klemm Boyd, Jr. graduated from the United States Military Academy in June 1960 and was appointed a Second Lieuenant of Infantry. He subsequently completed Airborne Training and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division.

He was assigned to the Republic of Vietnam and served with the Military Advisory Command, Vietnam, in 1963-64.  He was serving with the First Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division when he was killed in action in Vietnam on 26 October 1967.

During his career he was the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with four Oak Leaf Clusters, and was postmuously awarded the Purple Heart Medal.  He was also qualified to wear the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

Major Boyd was the only son of Colonel Richard Klemm Boyd, Sr., United States Army.

Vietnam Wall Panel coords 28E 072
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