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  • Date of Birth:6/25/1947
  • Date of Casualty:8/8/1968
  • Home of Record:STICKNEY
  • County of Record:AURORA COUNTY
  • State:SD
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Row:49W, 32
  • Casualty Province:THUA THIEN


  • Date of Birth:2/4/1943
  • Date of Casualty:8/8/1968
  • Home of Record:EUCLID
  • County of Record:CUYAHOGA COUNTY
  • State:OH
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Row:49W, 33
  • Casualty Province:LONG AN


is honored on Panel 49W, Row 33 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/25/15 - by Marie Fort Withrow
    Dick was a great basketball player at Ramsey High School and an all around great guy. Remembering him on Memorial Day 2015.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/14/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear WO Richard Arthur Ovaitt, 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
  • The Wall That Heals

    Posted on 10/21/11 - by Linda Scholl Burns
    I found your name today on the traveling Wall in Newnan, GA, and thought of the good times we had at Ramsey High. You sacrificed everything for our freedoms and I will never forget you.
  • Crash summary of Helicopter UH-1C 66-15227

    Posted on 11/26/10 - by
    I was an eye witness to the death of Capt. Gary L. Higbee, WO1 Richard Ovaitt, SP5 Charles Bartlett and SP4 Dickie Leach on August 8, 1968; UH-1C tail number 66-15227. I was a door gunner in the other Charlie model in the light fire team. We were actully going out to cover (escort) a slick which was sent in to pick up a captured NVA Lt.. The RPG hit the aircraft in the fuel cell and the aircraft went upside down, it went below the trees and I do not know if it impacted in that position. We were orbiting on the west side of the A Shau Valley. Reported by Scott DeArman, door gunner with the 'Black Angels,' 'D' Co. 101st AHB.; AW 101st ABN DIV [Taken from]
  • We remember

    Posted on 5/28/10 - by Robert Sage
    Richard is buried at Union Cemetery in Ramsey, NJ. BSM
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