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  • Thank You

    Posted on 3/27/18 - by Lucy Micik
    Dear PFC Richard Damschen,
    Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Easter is coming up. Happy Easter. 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.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/8/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Richard A Damschen Jr, 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
  • Remembered

    Posted on 9/28/13
    Rest in peace with the warriors.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 11/30/10 - by Robert Sage
    Richard is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Bremerton,WA. PH
  • In Memoriam

    Posted on 2/2/06 - by Arnold M. Huskins
    Taken from the website:

    Convoy Ambushed: Richard Damschen Killed in Vietnam

    A Central Kitsap man has been killed in action in Vietnam the second Kitsap County war casualty reported this week.
    Army Pfc. Richard A. Damschen Jr., 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Damschen Sr., Brownsville Highway (Rte. 4, Box 2018) was reported killed in a firefight ambush by enemy forces on a truck convoy in which he was riding 21 Aug (1968)...
    Pfc. Damschen had been in Vietnam approximately five weeks and had written home that he had been involved in combat action most of the time since his arrival. He was stationed near Cu Chi, approximately 20 miles north and west of Saigon.
    The young man was born in Havre MT, 29 Jan 1948, but moved with his family at an early age to Poulsbo. The family resided there until 1951 when they moved to Bremerton and had lived in this vicinity ever since.
    He attended Central Kitsap High School where he was an “A” student and worked at the W&G Drywall Co., a construction taping and texturing firm, for about two years.
    Pfc. Damschen entered the Army last February and had been home on leave for part of June and July.
    At the time of his death he was engaged to Miss Edie Duda, Alder Street, and had planned to be married upon completion of his combat tour.
    “At first he complained about the conditions, the heat and all, but after awhile he felt sorry for the people especially the kids. He was ready to go out and show them how to fight,” said his sister, Mrs. Daniel (Lana) Woolard, 3105 13th St.
    “It doesn’t seem fair that he was only there five weeks and had to get killed. He was brave though. He was a man.” She said. “It’s really sad. We got a letter today from him.”
    Pfc. Damschen’s body will be returned to the U.S. under escort of a long-time family friend who is serving in Vietnam now, Army Sgt. Kenneth Peterson, whose residence is on the Brownsville Highway.
    Besides his sister, Mrs. Woolard, and his parents, he is survived by two other sisters, Misses Jackie and Ginny Damschen, of the family home; four brothers, Robert Damschen, Spokane and Gary, William and Jaimie Damschen, all of the family home; his paternal grandfather, Roy E. Damschen, of the Ebenezer Rest Home, Poulsbo; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Johnson, Coram MT; and an uncle, Donald Damschen, Poulsbo.
    Funeral arrangements are pending. The family has requested that any memorials be made to the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, Seattle. (Bremerton Sun, Bremerton WA 28 Aug 1968)

    Damschen, Richard Arthur Pfc. Killed in Vietnam 21 Aug 1968. He was born in Havre MT in 29 Jan 1948, attending schools locally. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Damschen of Route 4, Box 2018, Bremerton; brothers, Jaimie, Gary, William and Robert, all of the family home; sisters Jackie, Spokane, Ginny, Bremerton and Mrs. Alana Wollard, Bremerton; paternal grandfather Roy E. Damschen, Poulsbo; maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Johnson of Coram MT. Funeral services tentatively set for Wednesday, 4 Sep 1968 at 3 p.m. at the LEWIS FUNERAL CHAPEL. (Bremerton Sun, Bremerton WA, 2 Sep 68)

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