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  • Date of Birth:4/11/1946
  • Date of Casualty:5/16/1968
  • Home of Record:HOSPERS
  • County of Record:SIOUX COUNTY
  • State:IA
  • Branch of Service:NAVY
  • Rank:HN
  • Panel/Line:61E, 17
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM


  • Wall Name:HARRY L RILEY JR
  • Date of Birth:7/16/1947
  • Date of Casualty:5/16/1968
  • Home of Record:CHICAGO
  • County of Record:COOK COUNTY
  • State:IL
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:61E, 17
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM


is honored on Panel 61E, Line 18 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Honoring a Soldier

    Posted on 1/22/17 - by Michael Parham
    In the early 70's I got a POW/MIA bracelet with David Rickel's name. I did wear it until it broke, then I put it in a box.
    I was looking through some memorabilia today, and came upon it. I am glad I was able to find out about him on the internet. I know his family must miss him.
  • I wear his POW/MIA bracelet

    Posted on 8/22/16 - by Brian Chabot
    When I was 16, some twenty-eight years ago, I bought a POW/MIA bracelet. It bears the name "Maj DAVID J RICKEL". I took an oath when I bought it that I would wear it till my death or his return. It is on my wrist to this day. The engraving is getting hard to read, but I memorized it long ago.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/16/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Major David J Rickel, 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
  • Final Mission of CAPT David J. Rickel

    Posted on 7/2/15 - by
    Pilot CAPT David J. Rickel and navigator/bombardier LT Gerald J. Crosson Jr. were assigned an F-4D mission over North Vietnam on May 16, 1968. Rickel was four years out of the Air Force Academy where he had been named to the Superintendent's List all eight semesters he attended the Academy. He had a promising career ahead. At a point about 20 miles southwest of the city of Quang Khe, Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam, Rickel and Crosson were shot down. Other air crew in the area did not see any parachutes indicating that the two had ejected from their aircraft, nor did they hear emergency beeper signals. Searches were eventually cancelled and both men were classified Missing in Action. The Rickel and Crosson families knew that there was a good chance their men had been captured because of circumstances surrounding the loss and the loss location, and settled in to wait for the war to end, hoping for some word to come. When 591 American POWs were released from Southeast Asia in the spring of 1973, Rickel and Crosson were not among them. No returning POW reported being held with them, and their names appeared on no lists provided by the Vietnamese. Furthermore, the Vietnamese denied any knowledge of them. It was generally believed that the Americans who remained missing were dead, including Rickel and Crosson. [Taken from]
  • You Are Not Forgotten

    Posted on 4/19/15 - by Hal Winton

    As your Georgia Military Academy classmates from 1960 gather for an informal reunion to commemorate their 55th graduation anniversary, we want you to know that you are not forgotten. Thank you for your selfless service to us and to the nation.
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