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is honored on Panel 53E, Line 44 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank you

    Posted on 3/25/18 - by Adam Richards
    Thank you for serving our country and laying down your life for others. You truly earned respect.
  • A note from a grienf

    Posted on 5/29/17 - by Steve and Mary Landry
    Your friends and classmates back home still think of you with love and respect.
  • Navy Cross Citation

    Posted on 5/2/17 - by A US Marine, Quang Tri
    Richard Franklin Abshire
    Date of birth: 20-Oct-44
    Date of death: May 2, 1968
    Home of record: Abbeville Louisiana
    Status: KIA


    Navy Cross

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Richard Franklin Abshire (MCSN: 2125809), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company G, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 2 May 1968. Sergeant Abshire's unit and a sister company were launched on a coordinated attack against a well-entrenched North Vietnamese Army force occupying the village of Dinh To, Quang Tri Province. As the Marines entered the village, they were taken under devastating enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire which inflicted numerous casualties and temporarily halted the lead platoon of each company. Directed to establish a defensive perimeter, Sergeant Abshire immediately deployed his men into advantageous firing positions and commenced directing a heavy volume of accurate fire into the enemy emplacements. As the enemy fire increased in volume and accuracy, it became apparent that the North Vietnamese force was preparing to launch a counterattack. Rapidly obtaining grenades from his fellow Marines, Sergeant Abshire boldly exposed himself to the full fury of the enemy fire and threw several grenades into the enemy's ranks, temporarily halting their assault. Returning to his unit, he moved from position to position, despite intense enemy fire, to pinpoint hostile targets and encourage his men. As their ammunition supply depleted, he ordered his men to withdraw across a river and resolutely provided covering fire, which enabled his men to reach positions of relative safety. After expending his ammunition, he was attempting to rejoin his unit when he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. By his superior leadership, intrepid fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty, Sergeant Abshire inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

    General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

    Action Date: 2-May-68

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Sergeant

    Company: Company G

    Battalion: 2d Battalion

    Regiment: 4th Marines, 9th Amphibious Brigade

    Division: III Marine Amphibious Force
  • Remembered

    Posted on 7/4/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik

    Today is the birthday of America. I feel it is important to remember those who paid the ultimate price for this nation.

    There would be no celebration without our military. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

  • Cemetery Correction

    Posted on 8/24/14 - by Tom Burgdorf
    Saint Mary Magdalen Cemetery and Mausoleum
    Abbeville Louisiana, USA
    Plot: Section B-1
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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.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit