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is honored on Panel 27E, Line 80 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thanks

    Posted on 5/26/17 - by Brian Peterson
    Dear Richard,

    Thank you so very much for serving our country. Although we never met, my parents knew you and your parents Dick and Louise Irwin. In fact they named my middle name the same as yours in honor of you. I hope I will meet you in heaven some day so I can thank you personally for your sacrifice for our great country.

    Brian Richard Peterson
  • Final Mission of PFC Richard R. Irwin Jr.

    Posted on 9/26/15 - by
    On October 9, 1967, PFC Irwin distinguished himself while serving as a rifleman with A, 1/35th Infantry conducting a search and destroy mission. PFC Irwin's platoon was approaching a suspected enemy concentration when it began receiving machine gun and small arms fire from an entrenched NVA force estimated at company size. He noticed an enemy machine gun emplacement which threatened his platoon's safety. Courageously, he rushed the enemy position through a storm of machine gun and rifle fire. Undeterred by the enemy's fierce attempts to check him, he grenaded the emplacement and demolished it. He then turned back and, though still exposed to enemy fire, attempted to extricate a wounded comrade from the field of battle. He was mortally wounded before he could bring the man to safety. PFC Irwin's personal bravery in the face of the enemy was an inspiration to all of the men in his platoon and aided greatly in the accomplishment of the units mission. His heroic actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. [Taken from PFC Irwin's Bronze Star citation on]
  • Rick Irwin

    Posted on 10/3/13 - by Oliver M. Grant, Colonel U.S.M.C. (retired)
    Rick was my first cousin. We lost his Dad in January 2013 this year who was also a War vet. I'll remember my cousin and am thankful for his courage, honor and sacrifice. I have never forgotten you buddy.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/3/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Richard Ray Irwin 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
  • Honoring California Vietnam Casualties

    Posted on 8/2/12 - by Billy M. Brown

    May his sacrifice not be forgotten.

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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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