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is honored on Panel 40W, Line 45 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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    Posted on 1/19/18 - by Lucy Micik
    Dear Cpl Richard Coomer,
    Thank you for your service as a Machine Gunner. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 10/27/17 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Richard Ross Coomer
    Date of birth: 15-May-47
    Date of death: October 27, 1968
    Home of record: Placentia California
    Status: KIA


    Silver Star

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Richard Ross Coomer (MCSN: 2397845), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Radio Operator with Company A, First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 27 October 1968, Company A was conducting a search and destroy operation near the hamlet of Ky Long (2) in Quang Nam Province. As Corporal Coomer moved behind his platoon commander, relaying tactical directions to subordinate units, he alertly heard the triggering of the firing pin of a concealed enemy explosive device. Completely disregarding his own safety, he fearlessly remained in his dangerously exposed position, and as he shouted a warning to his companions, he was mortally wounded by the blast from the hostile explosive charge. His daring initiative and heroic effort inspired all who observed him and saved numerous Marines from possible death or serious injury. By his courage, sincere concern for the welfare of his comrades and selfless devotion to duty, Corporal Coomer contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

    Action Date: 27-Oct-68

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Corporal

    Company: Company A

    Battalion: 1st Battalion

    Regiment: 1st Marines

    Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
  • Memorial Day 2017

    Posted on 5/25/17 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Thomas Allen Warren, sir

    Remembering you and those you served with on this upcoming Memorial Day holiday, May 29, 2017 You are not and will not be forgotten.

    May America always stand, and may it stand for the freedom and values that you defended.

    With respect, Sir

  • Much Thanks and respect

    Posted on 5/15/15 - by Malena
    In remembrance of Richard R. Coomer.
    I would like to say thank you so much because of what you went through. You shouldn't have had to die. I'm learning about the Vietnam Conflict in history and it is sad that so many people lost their lives in this.
  • Thank you my friend for your service and sacrafice.

    Posted on 6/14/14 - by Peter Mackins
    I remember seeing you in the mess hall shortly before you shipped out. How strange and great see an old classmate now in the Corps. We had a couple of meals and talked about high school. It was the first time we had seen each other since graduation and unfortunately our last.
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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