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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
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