Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/20/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear MSGT Richard Carlysle Keefe, 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.
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
Final Mission of LTC Bob L. GregoryPosted on 2/11/13 - by email@example.com
LTC Bob L. Gregory’s Command and Control helicopter UH-1D (212 Cavalry, 3rd BDE, 1 Cav Div) was shot down in the Que Son Valley on January 7, 1968 during a large battle against the 3rd NVA Regiment. The aircraft was flying a C&C mission out of LZ Ross when it came under .51 caliber fire. The crew included pilots WO1 Marshall H. Ford and WO1 Robert F. Bahl Jr., crew chief SP5 Arthur L. Lauderdale, and gunner PFC Lloyd E. Knake. Also on board were SFC Richard C. Keefe and MAJ Lawrence M. Malone. All suffered fatal injuries in the crash. [Taken from vhpa.org and armyaircrews.com]
Final Mission of LTC Bob L. GregoryPosted on 2/11/13 - by firstname.lastname@example.org
LTC Bob L. Gregory’s Command and Control helicopter UH-1D (212 Cavalry, 3rd BDE, 1 Cav Div) was shot down in the Que Son Valley on January 7, 1968 during a large battle against the 3rd NVA Regiment during Tet 1968. The aircraft was flying a C&C mission out of LZ Ross when it came under fire. The crew included pilots WO1 Marshall H. Ford and WO1 Robert F. Bahl Jr., crew chief SP5 Arthur L. Lauderdale, and gunner PFC Lloyd E. Knake. Also on board were SFC Richard C. Keefe and MAJ Lawrence M. Malone. All suffered fatal injuries in the crash. [Taken from vhpa.org and armyaircrews.com]
RememberedPosted on 11/11/12 MORE
We RememberPosted on 11/2/12 - by Robert Sage email@example.com
Richard is buried at Forest Park Cemetery (Lawndale), Houston,TX. SS BSM ARCOM PH
Proudly MarchedPosted on 10/18/11 - by Letters to the Editor - 06.02.11 | The East Hampton Star firstname.lastname@example.orgMontauk, NYMORE
May 30, 2011
To the Editor,
They are Dead. I’m alive.
It has been 43 years since serving in Vietnam with the First Air Cavalry Division, Air Mobile, 2nd Battalion 12th Cavalry. On Sunday I marched in the first Montauk Memorial Day parade. My marching was in recognition of the ultimate sacrifice made by three people who lost their lives while conducting aerial recognizance during an engagement with the enemy on Jan. 7, 1968.
I was supposed to go on that chopper.
Lt. Col. Bob Gregory asked if I would like to take a ride on the Charlie Charlie (command and control) chopper. I said, “Sure, I’ll get my gun.”
This was a big deal, going up with the “six” in his chopper. I was a sergeant (E5) working in the tactical operations center. Lieutenant Colonel Gregory was sort of my hero. He was an impressive man, knew his job and carried it out in the tradition of a cavalry officer.
I got my gun; my hooch was only a few hundred feet from the Charlie Charlie pad. When I arrived, Colonel Gregory, Major Lawrence Malone, and Master Sgt. Richard Keefe were on board. Gregory motioned that there wasn’t any room. “Oh well, I’ll go next time,” I thought.
I guessed the new major wanted to get involved. He had just arrived in the unit. Sergeant Keefe was rotating out in two weeks. He was “short”; he had my spot on the chopper. I was disappointed. I really would have liked to have gone up with the six, but there would be other times.
I held onto my helmet and waved as they lifted off. I walked down the rutted path past a clump of trees. There was a Jeep on the side with its radio on. The Charlie Charlie was down. It had been seen receiving 50-caliber fire and falling into the treeline with smoke.
We found out about a week later that it had crashed and burned, and all aboard lost their lives. We couldn’t get to it initially because the area was held by the North Vietnamese Army.
I’m alive. They and the crew of the chopper are dead.
This Sunday morning I put the three names on strips of leather and secured them to a bamboo pole with an American flag at the top. I put my Vietnam First Cavalry hat on and went to the parade and proudly marched, in their memory.
For the first time in 43 years, as I walked along the parade route in Montauk, people were clapping, and saying, “Thanks for your service!” I was finally getting some recognition. I quietly cried, we’re all, finally, getting some recognition.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial BrochurePosted on 6/28/11 - by Debby CarterJanuary 7, 2009 -MORE
Forty-one years ago today, the 212th Cavalry engaged units of the 3rd NVA Regiment in the Que Son Valley. When the battle was over twenty-three Americans had died.
The front cover of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial brochure is part of Panel 33E and it has the names of eighteen men from the 212th Cavalry and the names of five men from units in direct support of the 212th Cavalry who were killed on January 7, 1968.
The names of the 212th Cavalry Troopers from HHC, Company A and Company C are highlighted in yellow while the support Troopers from the 11st Cavalry and crew of the Command & Control helicopter are highlighted in blue.
May they rest in peace.
MSG KeefePosted on 6/9/11 - by LTC Thomas Pike email@example.comMSG Keefe was the Senior S2 NCO (Sergeant) for the 212 Cavalry in the Que Son Valley. On 7 Jan 68, he departed LZ Ross to assist the Battalion Commander in his attempt to add command and control to the battlefield during a tough fight against the 3rd NVA Regiment. His helicopter was shot down by NVA AAA, and he and all on board perished. Among his many contributions to the unit, MSG Keefe was one of the key players in disseminating key intelligence warning of an impending NVA attack on LZ Ross and LZ Leslie. That attack took place a few days prior to his death. As a direct result of MSG Keefe's efforts, as well as others, the 212 Cavalry's basecamps were well fortified and the unit was prepared for the 3 Jan 68 attacks. All honor to his name. Omnia reliquit servare republicam. firstname.lastname@example.orgMORE
Family Contact informationPosted on 2/1/11 - by Debby Keefe Carterdebby.email@example.comMORE
We RememberPosted on 12/22/10 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgRichard is buried at Forest Park Cemetery, Houston,TX. SS BSM ARCOM PH
A Wall Dad website addressPosted on 12/29/05 - by Debby Carter email@example.com>http://walldads.org/Keefe.htmlMORE
This website was built for me by another "daughter" of The Wall, Jeanette Chervony.
Links are not accurate/broken, so you will have to type the address for each page as noted above. There are two pages.
email contact addressPosted on firstname.lastname@example.org
his daughter Debby
NEW website addressPosted on 10/24/02 - by Debby Carterhttp://hometown.aol.com/AWallDad/Keefe.html
HEART & SOULPosted on 1/14/02RICHARD KEEFE, the S2 NCO of the 2/12 of the 1st Cav Div (Airmobile), was the heart and soul of the battalion's intelligence unit. He was the point of contact for the individual rifle companies where "the rubber met the highway".MORE
It was an honor and privilege to have served with him.
Roger L. Kehrier
Richard Keefe personal websitePosted on 12/30/00 - by Debby Carterhttp://members.nbci.com/NamDads/Keefe.html
The WallPosted on 8/4/00 - by Debby Carter MORE
My FatherPosted on 8/4/00 - by Debby CarterI would love to hear from you if you knew my dad or any of the details concerning the crash of the "charlie-charlie" helicopter.MORE
God Bless, A daughter
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