Schwichow, Richard Joseph, SSG

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Staff Sergeant
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Last Primary MOS
11D40-Armor Reconnaissance Specialist
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 11D40, C Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
Service Years
1945 - 1969
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Order of the Spur

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Home Town
Chicago, IL
Last Address
Buena Park, CA

Casualty Date
Mar 29, 1969
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Binh Duong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Westminster Memorial Park - Westminster, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28W 080

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Honorably Discharged WW II

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Order of The Spur

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor3/4 Cav Association
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1969, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  1969, 3/4 Cav Association [Verified]

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Tributes from Others posted by IN Olsen, David O, SGT 548
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  Tributes from Others: Sep 2, 2015  

Remembering An American Hero
Posted on 12/3/13 - by Curt Carter
Dear SSGT Richard Joseph Schwichow, sir As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned. May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you. With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir Curt Carter
For my favorite Uncle
Posted on 10/21/13
I so remember the fun we had and the joy I felt every time I heard you were coming home. I can't tell you how awful I felt when I heard you were not coming home ever again. God bless you and grant you peace that you so deserve. I love you and think of you often.

Garnet  Jenkins
Grand Junction Co
~ In Humble Tribute To A Fallen Hero ~

A Multitude of Thanks for your Courage and your years of Service and Dedication to our Country and for Freedom. Rest in Peace, SSgt Richard Joseph Schwichow and know that you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. My brother, Sgt. David Dickinson is a young hero, who also made the Supreme Sacrifice in Vietnam in 1967.....'FROM THESE HONORED DEAD, WE TAKE INCREASED DEVOTION, TO THAT CAUSE FROM WHICH THEY HERE GAVE THE LAST FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION, THAT WE HERE HIGHLY RESOLVE, THESE DEAD SHALL NOT HAVE DIED IN VAIN'.....~Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address~
Jul 27, 2009
Manuel Pino  B/2/8th Cav,1st Cav 68-69
Fellow Army Vietnam Brother
C Trp/3/4th Cav Rgt, 25th Inf Div

The young dead soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: We were young. We have died. Remember us. They say: We have done what we could but until it is finished it is not done. They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave. They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours, they will mean what you make them. They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say, it is you who must say this. We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young, they say. We have died remember us. by Archibald MacLeish, 1892-1982, American Poet
Jan 23, 2009
Dave  DeVries
served with you in C Troop 3/4 Cav.
Sarge: I was there when it happened, and I still remember everything. We tried to help, but we couldn't do anything. It should have been me, you were assigned to my tank, just days before. I was assigned as an APC Commander. You are truely remembered even after all of these years. Rest in peace my friend
Dec 21, 2008
manny   g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. "He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother”. Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless You for your Sacrifice!!!

Mar 29, 2008
Jackie Taylor

May your spirit always live on in the hearts of those you loved and those who grew to love you for your ultimate sacrifice, courage and dedication.
Mar 29, 2007
I'm Anonymous
Just a note to thank YOU for YOUR sacrifice to a great nation.
Wednesday, November 14, 2001
doug snyder
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
We Remember
Richard is buried at Westminster Memorial Park in Westminster, CA. SS BSM PH
Posted by: Robert Sage

Wednesday, May 5, 2010
For my Uncle Dick
I was 11 years old when word came that my Great Uncle Dick had been killed trying to rescue his fellow soldiers. I'm sad to say that my memories of him have faded over the years, but I'll never forget how it felt when Mom and Dad told us he was gone. Thank you for your bravery and your sacrifice, Uncle Dick. I'm sure the surviving men in your company remember your quick smile and leadership to this day. I wish we would have been able to see you grow old here at home with your family, but I pray that you're all together now in Heaven and that your soul is at peace. I still have the teddy bear that you bought for my first birthday. It doesn't look so good these days, but I could never bring myself to part with it. I'm proud to have been named after you, Uncle Dick.
Posted by: Richard G. Obermiller
Relationship: My Great Uncle
Monday, April 7, 2008
Never Forgotten

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle hero’s you left behind...."

Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heros lost to the War in Vietnam:

Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
Posted by: Bill Nelson
Relationship: NamVet 2/502 Inf 101 Abn 69-70
Tuesday, January 3, 2006
Always in our hearts
I' am a senior at Gridley High School. You perished in the service of our country 34 years ago today. You served our country for 14 years and then lost your life in battle for my freedom. I'm sure you had to leave many loved ones behind and that they were proud of you. I' am proud of you and the many men and women that gave their lives for our country. Thank you for your courage and loyalty. God Bless.
Michele King
Posted by: Michele King

Relationship: Other:
Saturday, March 29, 2003

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