Daughter's email addressPosted on 9/19/14 - by Kelly Hunt Lyon -- firstname.lastname@example.orgAfter posting, I realized the email address doesn't appear unless added with contributor's name. If anyone wants to get in touch, please do.MORE
From Richard Hunt's DaughterPosted on 9/19/14 - by Kelly Hunt LyonI’m his daughter, Kelly. I just stumbled across this today so both Col. Cahill’s letter to my mother, and Mr. Schwiderski’s account are new to me. Dad died when I was eighteen-months old, so there are no memories, only a permanent space in my life where he was supposed to be. I always wondered about the details of his death so both accounts satisfied that longing. The versions conflict, but I choose to believe both honor his sacrifice.MORE
Writing a letter home to a grieving young widow is an unenviable task for any commanding officer and I much prefer my mother only knew of Col. Cahil’s account. For myself, as painful as it was to read, I’d grateful to know of Mr. Schwiderski’s account of that day. I admire his courage to offer a truthful account to balance the scales.
If anyone sees this that knew Dad, I’d welcome anything you care to share about him. I respect the fact that many Vietnam vets prefer to leave the past in the past. But if you were acquainted with Dick, you might like to know I completed my undergraduate degree on his GI Bill before going on for two more degrees, and turned out headstrong and independent. He has an amazing granddaughter who is the same and loves to hear stories of her grandfather. A rubbing of his name from the Vietnam Memorial in DC hangs in my office and his medals hang in our home. His memory lives on.
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 3/7/14 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear Major Richard Hunt, sirMORE
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.
With respect, Sir
If I should die...remembrances for MAJ. Richard HUNT, USA...who made the utlimate sacrifice!!!!!!!!!Posted on 11/18/10 - byIf I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.MORE
MemorialPosted on 12/30/09 - by Ralph D. Holley, CPT ADA, G3-Air firstname.lastname@example.org
Maj. Hunt was my immediate Commander when I reported to Kontum on 17 Aug 68. I had just spoken with him by land line moments before he was KIA. I have never forgotten.
Field Artillery OCS Class 1-61 Fort Sill OklahomaPosted on 8/6/09 - by Randy Dunham email@example.comMajor Hunt was serving as a member of Advisory Team 24, Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) when he lost his life. He began his tour of duty in Vietnam on May 15, 1968. He had served his country for 8 years at the time of his death.MORE
From a letter written to Mrs. Richard Hunt from Colonel James F. Cahill, Senior Advisor 24th Special Tactical Zone shortly after the death of Major Richard Hunt:
“For three days, two of the Highland Scout Companies (from the 24th Special Tactical Zone) had been cut off from friendly forces. They were under constant enemy attack and bad weather in the mountains just south of Kontum City precluded rescue operations. About 2500 hours on 20 August, the Scout Companies indicated that the weather had turned favorable and that helicopters could get into their positions. It was clearly evident to myself and the Commanding Officer of the 24th Special Tactical Zone that the extraction of these 200 Vietnamese soldiers was going to be a very difficult one. Your husband volunteered to go with me to a nearby Vietnamese Battalion Command Post to supervise the heliborne operations. Eleven helicopters and eight gun ships were to be used in the extraction. While Dick and I were on the hill coordinating the helicopter operations, the enemy launched an attack on our position. Your husband was killed instantly in the attack. Major Tai, Chief of Staff, 24th Special Tactical Zone, was also wounded during the enemy attack. They were both immediately evacuated by helicopter to the 71st Evacuation Hospital in Pleiku. Your husband was pronounced dead on arrival by the doctor in attendance.
Dick was my G-3 Advisor and in charge of all operations in the 24th Special Tactical Zone. In this position, he acted as a staff advisor to the Vietnamese Army units and coordinated all U. S. assistance to the Vietnamese. During the past month he had been directing several Regimental size operations in the Kontum-Pleiku area. Your husband was a very dedicated and brave officer who spent long hours insuring that every possible effort was being made by both American and ARVN units in the area to defeat the enemy force that has been threatening Kontum. He was respected and loved by both Vietnamese and American soldiers. This feeling was attested to by the large attendance at the Memorial Service conducted by Chaplain (Captain) Thomas Baker, in Kontum City at 1430 hours on 24 August 1968. In addition to the many Vietnamese and American officers present, Major General Charles Stone, Commanding General, 4th U.S. Infantry Division was present. The General had observed Dick on many occasions in the field and greatly admired his spirit and courage”
I AM PROUD TO SAY I KNEW AND SERVED WITH HIMPosted on 10/1/00 - by Chuck SchwiderskiI was with Major Hunt on August 20, 1968 when fate dealt him the cruelest blow of all. What a terrible waste. He was an outstanding man and officer and I am proud to say I knew and served with him.MORE
God bless his family.
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 www.buildthecenter.org.