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is honored on Panel 21W, Line 38 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/28/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT Richard Monroe Pruett, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 8/22/11 - by Robert Sage
    Richard is buried at Cedarlawn Memorial Park, Sherman, Grayson County,TX.
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    Posted on 11/3/09
  • Names are added to Vietnam War Wall

    Posted on 5/16/07 - by Jeremy Mayfield
    The following Associated Press article appeared in the 4 May 2007 online edition of The Los Angeles Times:

    Names are added to Vietnam War Wall

    WASHINGTON — The name of Army Sgt. Richard M. Pruett is now etched into the glossy black granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial — nearly four decades after he was wounded during a combat mission in South Vietnam.

    His wife, Ann, wiped away tears as Pruett's name was added to the memorial Thursday. "He would be so honored. It is the ultimate honor, I think, to be on the wall," she said.

    Richard Pruett, who was from Sherman, Texas, died in 2005 from complications related to wounds received during the war, making him eligible for inclusion on the memorial on the National Mall.

    Also joining those honored on the wall are Navy Fireman Apprentice Joseph Gerald Krywicki of Holton, Mich., and Army Spc. Wesley Alvin Stiverson of Monticello, Ill.

    Krywicki was killed in 1966 in Vietnam when a member of his unit accidentally discharged his rifle. The Navy initially declined to add Krywicki's name to the memorial because he died not in combat but in a "friendly fire" incident. The Navy reversed course following inquiries from his family.

    Stiverson sustained fragmentation wounds in 1971 when his base camp came under fire in Vietnam. The Pentagon determined that his death in 2005 was directly related to those wounds.

    The Defense Department decides which names are to be inscribed on the wall. Victims of Agent Orange and suicides resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder do not meet the Pentagon's guidelines for inclusion, according to the memorial's website.

    Since the memorial's 1982 dedication, a few names have been added each year, said Jan Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

    Stone carvers match the depth of new names to within one-thousandth of an inch of those already there, he said.

  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 5/11/07 - by Bob Ross
    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.

    Mary Frye – 1932

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