Griego, Richard Edward, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment (Airmobile) 1st Cavalry Division /A Company
Service Years
1967 - 1969

Specialist 4

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Santa Fe
Last Address
Santa Fe

Casualty Date
Mar 29, 1969
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28W 081

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment (Airmobile) 1st Cavalry Division
  1968-1969, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment (Airmobile) 1st Cavalry Division /A Company
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Last Known Activity
Specialist Four Richard Edward Griego was killed in action, on 29 March l969, in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, soon after combat assaulting into an area that was given the name LZ Jess. SP4 Griego was an outstanding Soldier who gave all on that fateful day. He was a member of the 3rd Platoon and I was his Platoon Sergeant. The memories of SP4 Griego, who paid the ultimate sacrifice, will be with me always.

Alonzo Jones
The assault into LZ Jess cost Alpha 2/5 eight men, two of whom received posthumous awards of the Distinguished Service Cross:
  • SSG Martin J. Canavan, Barstow, CA (Dist Svc Cross)
  • CPL Kenneth J. Brenner, Hope, KS (Dist Svc Cross) (Medic, HHC w/ A/2/5)
  • SP4 Thomas L. Cottrell, Milwaukee, WI
  • SP4 Richard E. Griego, Santa Fe, NM
  • CPL Robert D. Lauber, Monica, IL
  • CPL James M. McKinley, Mc David, FL (Medic, HHC w/ A/2/5)
  • SP4 Charles R. Prchal, Sound Beach, NY
  • PFC Ronald R. Meyer, Seattle, WA

Vietnam Wall Panel coords 28W 081
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