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is honored on Panel 26E, Line 56 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Face of a Hero

    Posted on 6/26/18 - by Sel J. Wong
    This is his boot camp photo from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Platoon 240. He earned the title “U.S. Marine” on April 5, 1966.

    Thank you for your service to our great country my brother. Semper Fi
  • Greatest smile - most infectuous giggle

    Posted on 4/25/15 - by Ray Hueckstaedt
    Rich was the younger brother off my best friend Bob. Rich always had a smile, loved being silly with us and had such an infectious giggle that got everyone laughing. In his primary school years he loved to play roughly, wrestling and other high spirited games, such as chasing each other with lassos to take each other down. Rich,Thank you for your service in defending our country. You are forever in my memory as one of the best from the best country.
  • Article written in Richie Mullin's Memory- Veterans Day 2013

    Posted on 10/24/13 - by Dean F. Glorso
    Long after General Winfield Scott’s army of reinforcements headed southwesterly from Chicago to help defend the Illinois settlers from the Sauk Indian leader named Blackhawk, and long after the American Civil War, and long after my grandfather, Oscar Jackson, fought in the trenches during the First World War, and not too long after my father, Samuel S. Glorso, returned from fighting in the Second World War, and only a few years after I saw Korean War soldiers bivouacked along the highways on the way into the city of Chicago, but before my childhood friend Richie Mullin joined the United States Marine Corps and before many from this little town of Keeneyville, Illinois served in Vietnam; and before Andy Warhol painted 32 portraits of Campbell’s soup cans; and before Arlo Guthrie sang about the Illinois Central trains “rolling along, past houses farms and fields,” and before I started putting survey monuments across this land. As a boy in my hometown of Keeneyville, I peered across a Campbell’s Soup tomato farm through a surveyor’s “Dumpy Level” for the first time in my life. It was a memorable moment for me, as it was the beginning of my fascination with my surroundings, and the technology that I would soon use in a land surveying career spanning more than 45 years. Now I realize land surveying is a career, where we can make a difference by literally putting a mark upon the world.
    The Dumpy Level, with optics I had never witnessed, was set up by surveyors laying-out the new construction of Case Foundation Company’s industrial machine shop, only 30 feet or so east of our tiny home along U.S. Highway 20, about 25 miles west of Chicago, Illinois. This was the start of big changes for the little town of Keeneyville, and it would also be the start of my adult life where I would begin thinking about the future and taking note of construction techniques, procedures, and technology that would make all these changes to Keeneyville possible. This moment in my life was also the beginning of a transition from being a child happy to spend summer days swinging on a rope tied high from a cottonwood tree at the place we called “The Laughing Place” to being an adult.
    In adult life, I would find myself yearning for the days I spent with my friends there, and, using the changing technology to my advantage, I started a Facebook group page called “Keeneyville Swamp Rats” to reconnect with people from my hometown. The naming of the Facebook page was easy, as it represented baby boomers from this little town of lowlands and ponds. This name was given to us by the more affluent children of Lake Park High School, established some miles away from our town but just across the street from a very posh,
    Lance Corporal Rich Mullin, USMC
    The marker created in honor of Rich Mullin, USMC
    well-known country club and golf course called “Medinah.” The condescending name “Keeneyville Swamp Rats” stuck with us, and today it is a name we wear with pride, as it reminds us of the wonderful little town that was long ago swallowed up by the expanding metropolis of Chicagoland.
    One Swamp Rat that I reconnected with is Doug Ehorn. Doug, also a writer and a military Veteran, had written a book called Keeneyville Kids. Doug’s book reminded me of the many wonderful people I grew up with. Doug also recently started a list on Facebook of military veterans who served from our hometown. The name of “Richie Mullin” was put at the top of the list of marines who served, as Richie was the only one of us from Keeneyville who was killed during the Vietnam War. I remember Richie well; he was a fellow Swamp Rat who lived closest to the old Laughing Place, a place now converted into a wonderful DuPage County forest preserve called Mallard Lake. With Doug being an Air Force Vet, retired environmentalist, and fellow Swamp Rat who wanted to have a memorial service meeting at Mallard Lake for Richie on this Veteran’s Day, I came up with a land surveying idea for our fallen Veteran hero.
    I’ve used this idea before and wrote about it in Colorado’s professional land surveyors’ magazine, Side Shots Volume 33, Number 2, May Journal 2002 in an article called “One of Colorado’s Prides.” In the article, I described placing a survey monument at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado. I named the survey control monument “Tony Shiya” after a young surveyor employee who was killed in a car accident during the Red Rocks renovation and new visitor center construction project. I presented this idea to Doug and we decided to use it for our friend Richie Mullin by placing the monument this Veterans Day as pictured here. Doug will place it at or near the Laughing Place. Later, a licensed land surveyor registered in Illinois will establish GPS coordinates for the position and record the “control” monument with the appropriate agency. The 3-1/4 inch bronze monument reads:
  • A great Keeneyville Kid

    Posted on 10/2/13 - by Doug Ehorn, SSGT, USAF VN 1968-1970
    I knew you as we grew up and I am sure that I know you now. While circumstances have changed, we are still bound by the bonds of that vicious war. No one can walk away without tears.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/13/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear LCPL Richard Rocco Mullin, 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
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