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is honored on Panel 1E, Line 107 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • "My Brother, My Hero"

    Posted on 4/12/18 - by Scott Hart
    "An anniversary I wish I could forget."
    April 23, 1965
    Your Sister,
  • Final Mission of EN2 Richard H. Langford

    Posted on 10/1/17 - by
    On April 23, 1965, a 1st Force Recon Company patrol conducted a landing of a reconnaissance team at a small beach at the confluence of the Son Bon Tran River in Quang Nam Province, RVN, when it was engaged by an estimated 25 Viet Cong enemy combatants upon insertion. The patrol was able to withdraw under fire to the LCVP landing craft, but two sailors and one Marine were killed in the action. TM3 William R. Fuhrman was the .30 caliber gunner on the boat and was credited with saving Marines’ lives at the cost of his own. EN2 Richard H. Langford kept the boat running and returned fire until he too was killed by enemy fire. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions. CPL Lowell H. Merrell was the only member of the seven-man recon team lost in the engagement. He was wounded by Viet Cong rifle fire after being inserted onto a beach and was hit again as CPL Dennis Taylor carried him back to a boat. Merrell died from wounds to chest, shoulder, and leg. A Marine camp on China Beach one mile south of Marble Mountain Air Facility was named after him. He had escaped from a similar attack two days previously. [Taken from,, and information provided by David R. Sanchez at (September 2001); also the book “U.S. Marines In Vietnam: The Landing And The Buildup, 1965” by Dr. Jack Shulimson and MAJ Charles M. Johnson]
  • A fatherhood he unfairly couldn't share!

    Posted on 6/1/16 - by
    We arrived in. Vietnam November 1964,on attack transport trtransport uss bexar apa 237. Langford was so proud and happy anticipating fatherhood. He volunteered t.a.d on a mission and was fired upon by vc , langford returning fire was killed in April65. I along with crew salute this brave and well liked shipmate. Fred. Mainor Sr. 254 224 7969
  • Bronze Star with V for Valor

    Posted on 1/31/16 - by Tom Burgdorf
    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Bronze Star (Posthumously) to LANGFORD, RICHARD H., Engineman 2nd Class, USN, posthumously, for service aboard the USS Cook (APD-130) on 23 Apr 1965. As a member of a boat crew exposed to heavy enemy fire while landing a reconnaissance team, Langford returned the fire until he was fatally wounded. His accurate and effective support fire was instrumental in diverting enemy fire from the beach. Langford's courageous devotion to duty at the cost of his life was in keeping with the highest traditions of the U. S. Naval Service. The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

    General Orders: All Hands (January 1966)
    Action Date: April 23, 1965
    Service: Navy
    Rank: Petty Officer Second Class
    Ship: USS Cook (APD-130)
  • Dear Sir

    Posted on 3/18/15 - by Flying Red Racoon
    You answered the call. It was not a call from outside; yet, a call from within.
    You are a brave soul. You pass that to your heirs.
    Warriors have the gift bestowed to answer.
    I am sure you answered with dignity.

    Ho great one. We are lucky to have your son first. Give him the nudge he deserves in heaven and remind him it's good to be warrior and great to be son of warrior.

    Your Brother and fellow
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The Wall of Faces

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