Treas, Richard Lee, CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 1st Infantry Division
Service Years
1954 - 1968

Infantry

Captain


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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1935
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kansas City
Last Address
Muncie

Casualty Date
Aug 22, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Bien Hoa (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery - Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
47W 034

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
U.S. Army26th Infantry Regiment1st Infantry Division
  1966-1966, Joint U.S. Military Affairs Group-Korea (JUSMAG-K)
  1968-1968, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment/D Company
  1968-1968, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

A Fine Company Commander


Posted on 7/8/03 - by Col James M. Hanson, USA (ret)

I remember Richard "Dick" Treas as an outstanding Company Commander. He considered the welfare of his troops first and foremost. He was a detailed planner of his assigned missios who carefully thought through all aspects. As a result, he always accomplished his assigned missions quickly and with the lminimum casualties. He was greatly respcted by his troops and the NCOs and officers of the battalion.

 

Doble Delta Six


Posted on 2/22/03 - by Robert Rybolt

This was Treas' call sign. He was a dedicated, no nonsense soldier shot by a sniper while checking on a friendly patrol. He was not in much pain but died on the chopper enroute to the field hospital.

   
Comments/Citation
Soldier's Medal

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Soldier's Medal to Captain (Infantry) Richard L. Treas, United States Army, for heroism at the risk of life not involving conflict with an armed enemy in December 1966, in Chun Chon, Korea in saving a nine year old Korean boy from drowning in the ice swollen, turbulent So Yang River.

While driving across the So Yang River bridge, at the northern edge of the city of Chun Chon, Captain Treas noticed an excited crowd of people gathering along the bank of the river on the south side of the bridge. Closer observation revealed the object of excitement to be a small Korean child who had broken through the ice encrustation and fallen into the river, clinging for life to a piece of floating ice.

Not knowing the thickness of the ice or the depth of the river or the swiftness of it's current and notwithstanding the fact that he cannot swim, Captain Treas forced his way against the strong current of the turbulent stream, the depth of which often reached his chin. Fending off chunks of ice with sharp and jagged edges, Captain Treas reached the child at midstream and carried him back to safety, aided by Sergeant First Class Kim Myung Kenn, a Korean soldier assigned to Detachment Center, U.S. Army Advisory Group, Korea, who had likewise risked his life by following Captain Treas into the stream in this rescue effort.

Upon reaching the banks, Captain Treas delivered the near frozen boy to a Korean National Policeman for immediate evacuation to the nearest hospital for urgently required medical care.

Through this act of heroism, Captain Treas reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Army Advisory Group, Korea, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 33 (July 26, 1967)
Action Date: December 1966
Service: Army
Rank: Captain
   
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