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  • Date of Birth:6/5/1952
  • Date of Casualty:3/2/1971
  • Home of Record:MT AIRY
  • County of Record:CARROLL COUNTY
  • State:MD
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row:4W, 17
  • Casualty Province:BINH DINH


  • Date of Birth:7/13/1950
  • Date of Casualty:3/2/1971
  • Home of Record:MESA
  • County of Record:MARICOPA COUNTY
  • State:AZ
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Row: 4W, 17
  • Casualty Province:BINH DINH


is honored on Panel 4W, Row 17 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • My Uncle Richard

    Posted on 3/10/14 - by Delilah Rakestraw
    Dear Uncle Richard,
    I never met you, but I feel a strong connection to you. Every time I see someone serving our country, I think of you.
    My story:
    Grandpa told me while raising you boys, he always told you: "Men don't hug other men & men don't cry."
    The day you left for your tour to Vietnam, grandpa said he cried for the first time, and he hugged you. Both two things he always told you guys not to do. He said you guys stood in front of the front door crying & hugging, holding on to each other.
    He told me he was so proud, scared, and something in the pit of his stomach told him, that was the only chance he'd have left to tell you how much he loved you.
    I'll never forget that conversation with Grandpa.
    You are both in heaven now, holding on to each other.
    Love you Uncle Richard.
  • Family Hero

    Posted on 1/11/14 - by Francisco Sedeno
    My father's cousin, Richard SaldaƱa is truly a hero. My father Frank Sedeno told me Richard completed one tour in Vietnam. During that tour, he made a pact with a friend to finish the other's tour, should on die in the line of duty. While keeping his promise to his friend, Richard paid the ultimate sacrifice. Rest in Piece Richard... You earned it.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/11/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Richard David Saldana, 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
  • Remembered

    Posted on 4/23/11
    Rest in peace with the warriors.
  • Bright white teeth and brown hair.

    Posted on 12/16/04 - by Valentino Tapia
    In back of my dads old Chevy pick-up we used to ride. How happy I was to see you so spirited. I am on my way to see you next month. I am going to thank you in person. I am proud to call you my cousin.
  • Thank You

    Posted on 3/11/04 - by Emily Ringger
    Dear Richard,
    I am a sophomore at Gridley High School, Gridley, Illinois. I am writing this for the Gridley High School Posting Project. For my history class we were assigned to post remembrances for those that have died serving our country. I would like to say thank you for your time and efforts.
    Thank You and God Bless!
    Emily Ringger
  • A True Hero

    Posted on 3/2/04 - by Kristin Butikofer
    Hi, my name is Kristin Butikofer and I attend Gridley High School in Illinois. This remembrance is for the Gridley High School Posting Project. I would like to thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Your courage is something this country will never forget. When I look at the star spangled banner, I will always think of what a great country we have and who the real heroes are of our country. You inspire me to be a braver individual. Thank you so much and God bless.

The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit