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  • Final Mission of 1LT Richard E. Heister

    Posted on 7/25/18 - by
    On June 2, 1965, a U.S. Marine Corps Cessna O-1B Bird Dog (#133810) from Marine Observation Squadron 2 (VMO-2), Marine Aircraft Group 16 (MAG-16), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, was lost when it crashed and burned north of Da Nang, Quang Nam Province, RVN. The accident occurred near dusk as the aircraft was returning through the Hai Van Pass from the evening perimeter patrol. The pilot, 1LT Richard E. Heister, and his aerial observer, CAPT Werner E. Lutz, were killed in the crash. The after-mission report mentioned that the flight was fired on during its reconnaissance patrol, however, the crash was not attributed to enemy action. [Taken from]
  • Semper Fi, Lt.

    Posted on 6/2/14 - by A Marine, USMC, Vietnam
  • Thank You All!

    Posted on 5/30/14 - by Richard Lancaster Heister
    Richard Eugene was my dad, and I am his only son. I was not quite 2 years old when he died flying a recon mission in Vietnam. I just want to say thank you to all who have posted here; it brings tears to my eyes to hear, again, that my dad was a hero to many. Not having ever really spoken to him, or having any real memories of him, I can only hope that I have lived a life that would honor such a heroic commitment to our country. Thanks to all who have posted here! Thanks for the inspiration!
  • Dear 1LT Richard Heister

    Posted on 11/27/13 - by Michelle Watkins Brandt
    Although...I never met you, you dated my mother in High School. Her name was Sharon Kingston back then. You were killed on her birthday the year I was born and she spoke fondly of you often. Both as a very nice young man and a hero.
  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 6/2/13 - by Curt Carter

    Dear 1LT Richard Eugene Heister, 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

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