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  • Date of Birth:3/8/1947
  • Date of Casualty:5/29/1969
  • Home of Record:SAN DIEGO
  • County of Record:SAN DIEGO COUNTY
  • State:CA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row:23W, 16
  • Casualty Province:KIEN HOA


  • Wall Name:GARY M PAUL
  • Date of Birth:4/13/1950
  • Date of Casualty:5/29/1969
  • Home of Record:NORWAY
  • County of Record:DICKINSON COUNTY
  • State:MI
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:LCPL
  • Panel/Row:23W, 17
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM


is honored on Panel 23W, Row 17 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/29/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear 1LT Richard Lee Patterson, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • An OCS friend

    Posted on 1/9/16 - by Charles A. (Tony) Bougere
    Dick and I graduated together from OCS in June, 1968. He was a strong and rugged Officer candidate with a great sense of humor. I lost touch with him until I arrived in Vietnam where I saw the "week's dead" issue of Life Magazine. I was saddened by his passing and have remembered him for all these years. God bless you Dick.
  • a good officer

    Posted on 9/14/12 - by Doug Houston

    He was my platoon leader and did what he thought was necessary in the field to succeed. I respected him for that.

  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/21/11 - by Robert Sage
    Richard is buried at Roane Memorial Gardens, Rockwood,TN. BSM PH
  • A good friend.

    Posted on 5/26/08 - by david yeary
    Richard could do it all. And do it with ease. A gifted athlete, an avid hunter and fisherman. He was one of the good guys. He was a friend during high school and even though he was three years older he looked out after me. At college he gave me rides back and forth to TTU. I played ball with him in college and was blessed to know him pretty well. He treated my Mom and Dad kindly. My parents were crazy about him. I enjoyed knowing him for most the first two decades of my life. I looked up to him. I admired him and he deserved all that and more. I think of him often. His look-a-like cousin is my dearest friend.

    Kind regards and my best to his family. Be proud.

    david yeary
  • Legacy of Respect

    Posted on 5/29/07 - by Kay Patterson Austin
    On this 38th anniversary of Richard's death, I think it is important to remember the life well lived. His legacy of respect is reflected on his gravemarker: "Leadership is a priviledge of a few. A man as a leader embraces a priviledged postion endowed upon him by other men because of his attributes visible to them in mind, heart, and soul. The symbol of leadership and sacrifice is reflected by the words of one who was there..."He inspired and led his men with the courage and training of a devoted individual. But most importantly he cared about his men". In death as well as life his example lives in our country, a stimulus and encouragement to all who have the soul to adopt it."
  • Honoring 1Lt R. L. Patterson

    Posted on 6/22/06 - by Don
    I was a member of OCS-53/1968 at Ft. Benning with an Lt Patterson as Sr. Tactical Officer. I believe this officer to be the same. I will add to list from that class with personal honors at The Memorial Wall in Pensacola, FL.
  • A Fellow Soldier

    Posted on 9/14/04 - by Ernest K. Taylor US Army (Ret)
    I was a fellow LT and spoke with Richard while sharing a cold soda as his patrol passed by ... little did I know that was the last I would see him and his men ... God bless them all ... Richard was and exmaple to us all ...
  • A Really Good Man!

    Posted on 1/11/04 - by Don Paquin, Arty FO, B/2/505/3d/82ABN DUCKHUNTER82ABN@PRODIGY.NET
    I think of Dick often and wish I could have done more to help him and his soldiers. He and his men were brave soldiers who got into a bad spot.
  • Photo

    Posted on 1/21/02
    Photo from:
    "Vietnam: One Week's Dead"
    LIFE Magazine
    Vol. 66, No. 25
    June 27, 1969
  • Richard to you and your family

    Posted on 5/26/01 - by Doug Dillon

    It has been almost 33 years since we last spoke to each other at Ft. Benning Infantry School. Next time I saw you was in Life Magazine, it was July or early August, 1969, I was a FO attached to the infantry working off LZ Stentson, I Corp. southwest of Chu Lai, and we were somewhere in the field and the magazine was being passed around. You have been on my mind for awhile and I do not truly understand why, but I read your son's remembrance to you and tried to send him an e-mail but it came back. I will try and write my message to him here in hopes that he will see it, nevertheless, this is something I feel I must do.

    "I hope you get this, if not, so be it. I read your remembrance to Richard Patterson and after much internal debate I am writing you. In 1968, I was a junior officer stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., at the Infantry School as an instructor. One day I was standing in the hall and someone approached me and ask "Are you Doug Dillon and did you go to Tennessee Tech?" I looked and had to look at the name tag(everyone looks different in uniform esp. compared to school). It was Richard. I am sorry I cannot remember much more than that. (This is the cruelty of an older mind, there are thngs I want to and should remember, but I can't, and there are things I want to forget but I cannot). The next time I saw Richard, it was his picture in Life magazine. In 1969, I was "in country" and in the field, and this magazine was being passed around. It was pictures of all those killed during one week in May, or the month of May 1969, I do not remember which it was. Toward the back of the magazine there was PRichard's picture, Richard Lee Patterson, 1Lt. Harriman, Tennessee, and gave a few facts. I still can remember that feeling.

    Reading the remembrance about Richard, he was without a doubt a much better officer than I could have hoped to be. Yours was the greatest tribute that could be given to a man and a father. It is not my place, nor my right, but I am providing this blessing to you and your family.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you
    May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you
    May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace
    May your prosperity be from joy, happiness, and love
    May your children's children's children never know war or the effects of war
    May you live in good health to see the play and hear the laughter of your children's children's children
    May their tribute to you be that of yours to your step-father, about the amount of love given"


    I do not know why you approached me back then, maybe it was for this purpose. I pray your spirit has that peace that we cannot comprehend, and that your family can take comfort in knowing that after that terrible incident you heard "well done my good and faithful servant"

  • Together On The Wall

    Posted on 11/14/99 - by Donna Judy Lathe
    My brother Cpl. Herman L. Judy, Jr. was killed that night with Lt. Richard Patterson. Rich Jones has praised both of them in his recent letter about the Tiger Platoon. I am happy that my brother, Herman, had the support of these great guys. How I wish you had all come home. We will never forget you. Our gratitude and love. Donna Judy Lathe
  • Respect and leadership

    Posted on 7/29/99 - by DarrelOrmes
    This was a young lt, that had the respect of his men. I new him as the tiger plt leader. They put up a fight that night.
  • Posted on 5/31/99 - by troy rice troydianerice@att.worldnet
    Dear Richard,I read about thi web site today in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.Today is May31,1999.I felt compelled to see what the web site had to say about you.
    However, regardless of what I found here
    I knew it could never capture the way I feel for you.
    Although I was only 5 when you entered my mothers life and mine I have vivid memories of our brief time together.I want to thank for the tremendous love that you gave to us.It will never be forgotten and neither will you.

    Troy Rice


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