Drake, Richard Guy, SGT

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
64C10-Motor Transport Operator
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, Army Support Command, Saigon/HHC
Service Years
1946 - 1968

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1929
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Stockton
Last Address
Stockton

Casualty Date
Dec 17, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Cherokee Memorial Park - Stockton, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
36W 034

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 Unit Assignments
US Air Force7th Transportation Battalion48th Transportation Group1st Logistical Command
Army Support Command, Saigon/HHC
  1946-1953, US Air Force
  1968-1968, 7th Transportation Battalion
  1968-1968, 48th Transportation Group
  1968-1968, 1st Logistical Command
  1968-1968, Army Support Command, Saigon/HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
  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

Drake Barracks - Fort Eustis, VA (Building 1003)
Named in honor of Sergeant Richard Guy Drake (1929-1968) Sergeant Drake served in the U.S. Air Force from December 1946 to January 1953. In January 1956, he enlisted in the Army. His assignments included duty in Alaska, Korea, Germany, and Vietnam.

At the time of his death, Sergeant Drake served as assistant march unit commander with the 534th Transportation Company. Located on both sides of the road, a North Vietnamese Battalion ambushed the convoy. While his vehicle was forced to stop by stalled vehicles, Sergeant Drake and other occupants of the vehicle took up defensive positions on the right side of the road and returned fire. While firing his M-16, he was wounded in the left shoulder by enemy grenade fragments.

Despite his wounds and continuing to fire at the enemy, he realized his defensive position was not adequate, so he and his machine gunner moved to a new position 20 feet away. Aware that his convoy commander had been killed, Sergeant Drake took charge and ordered all personnel to displace across the road. After crossing the road, Sergeant Drake was wounded a second time in the right shoulder. Since he was no longer able to lift his M-16, he gave his weapon and ammunition to another soldier. Moments later, Sergeant Drake died when he was hit a third time.

Through his exceptional courage and leadership, Sergeant Drake prevented the enemy from overrunning the march unit and saved the lives of many fellow soldiers. As a result, he was awarded the Silver Star posthumously.

   
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