Seibert, Richard Judson, 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry /D Company
Service Years
1966 - 1968

Infantry

Second Lieutenant


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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1942
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Elizabeth, NJ
Last Address
Far Hills, NJ

Casualty Date
Jan 10, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Beverly National Cemetery - Beverly, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
34E 015

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Basic Training (Fort Riley, KS)
 Unit Assignments
US Army Training Center (Cadre) Fort Ord, CAOfficer Candidate School (Infantry) Fort Benning, GA196th Infantry Brigade (Light) 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry
  1966-1966, 11B10, US Army Training Center (Cadre) Fort Ord, CA/1st Battalion, 2nd Training Brigade (Cadre) Fort Ord, CA
  1966-1967, 0006, Officer Candidate School (Infantry) Fort Benning, GA
  1967-1968, 196th Infantry Brigade (Light) /HHC
  1967-1968, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry /D Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
Union CollegeUniversity of Baltimore
  1960-1962, Union College
  1962-1964, University of Baltimore
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting:

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


THE 
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
to
 SEIBERT, RICHARD J.

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Richard J. Seibert (0-5338151), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), 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 D, 3d Battalion, 21st Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade (Light) (Separate). Second Lieutenant Seibert distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 8 January 1968 while serving as platoon leader of an infantry unit during a search and clear operation in the Que Son Valley. Shortly after noon, his platoon was heavily attacked by an enemy force firing from a treeline. With bullets striking all around him, Lieutenant Seibert unhesitantly led a fierce attack on the hostile positions. His men became pinned down by a withering hail of bullets, and he crawled forward alone and destroyed one position with well-placed grenades. Intense machine gun fire raked his position from the flank, and he fearlessly directed his assault on the second Viet Cong emplacement. After crossing a river, he charged the fortification across an open rice paddy. He quickly reached a low dike and hurled two grenades into the machine gun nest which demolished the weapon and killed its crew. He repeatedly exposed himself to enemy weapons to draw fire away from his men and allow them to join the attack. When it became evident that his unit was surrounded, Lieutenant Seibert rallied his men to fight their way through the insurgents' lines. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he led a furious charge into a curtain of enemy fire to break through the encirclement. He was mortally wounded while gallantly leading his men against heavy odds in the heat of battle. Second Lieutenant Seibert'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. 871 (February 26, 1968)
   
Comments/Citation

Richard J. Seibert graduated from Bernards High School in 1960.  After high school he attended Union Junior College in Cranford, and the University of Baltimore. He was active in New Jersey equestrian circles during his childhood; he earned his "Colors" with the Spring Valley Hounds in 1956. While in Maryland, he rode with the Maryland Hunt and for many outstanding horse owners in that area. He became a racetrack inspector for the State of Maryland in 1964. Seibert was a communicant of St. James Church in Basking Ridge.



Seibert was drafted into the Army in March of 1966 and underwent basic training at Fort Riley in Kansas. He then took advanced infantry training at Ford Ord in California, where he was an instructor of basic Oriental languages. He attended Officers Candidates School in Fort Benning in Georgia, graduating in February 27, 1967, when he was commissioned a second lieutenant. He was then assigned as a field instructor at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Seibert left for Vietnam on September 25, 1967. He left his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry I. Seibert, three sisters, Jane, Virginia and Judith, and a foster brother, Benjamin J. Smith, who was stationed at the Naval Air Base in Rota, Spain at the time of his death. A Requiem Mass was held for Seibert at St. James Catholic Church in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery also in Basking Ridge.


   
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