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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 7/6/18 - by A US Marine, Quang Tri, Vietnam
    Richard John Sasek

    DATE OF BIRTH: February 8, 1937

    Topeka, Kansas

    Silver Star
    DURING Vietnam War
    Service: Marine Corps
    Rank: Captain
    Battalion: 1st Battalion
    Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain Richard John Sasek (MCSN: 0-81030), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer, Company D, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 6 July 1967. Assigned to a search and destroy mission in difficult terrain full of heavy undergrowth and thick vegetation, Company D was deployed in a tactical column when it came under fire from approximately forty North Vietnamese soldiers. Instantly, Captain Sasek took aggressive action, directing automatic and small arms fire upon the enemy forcing them to flee. While pursuing the enemy, the company engaged an estimated enemy company, firing from well-concealed positions on both the company's flanks, separating the command group from the remainder of the company and inflicting heavy casualties. Courageously disregarding the intense enemy fire which continued to rake both positions, Captain Sasek quickly analyzed the situation and directed each group to form a defensive perimeter and establish a landing zone for evacuation of the dead and wounded. As darkness approached, he realized the urgency of joining the two groups, despite the murderous hail of enemy fire. While moving to the larger group, his command group was pinned down by enemy soldiers, throwing hand grenades from as close as thirty meters, causing more casualties. Quickly reorganizing his forces, Captain Sasek maneuvered his elements against the enemy, quelling the attack; and, finally, moving in total darkness, the small command group came in voice contact with the rest of the company. As the more serious casualties were evacuated, the enemy attacked again with mortars, satchel charges and small arms, inflicting still more casualties. The company retaliated, killing twenty-seven enemy and probably killing fifty more. Heavy, close-in fighting continued throughout the night. During almost forty hours of continuous fighting in close combat, Company D, under the superb leadership of Captain Sasek, distinguished itself by its courage and aggressiveness. By his inspiring leadership, courage, and professional competence, he upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
  • An American Hero

    Posted on 7/6/18 - by Janice Current
    Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. You gave everything you had to give. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 2/8/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    Captain Richard John Sasek, Served with Company D, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
  • Capt. Sassek,USMC remembered

    Posted on 12/4/16 - by Biz Obley
    II played baseball against Richard when he was in Lyons, Kansas and I played for McPherson. We were competitive friends and he was a good player. Later
    He roomed in Topeka with my cousin, Darlene Goodrich and her husband Marc.
    She admired his patriotic philsophy and was supportive of his entry into the Marines. II was in the Navy in 1966 and in Vietnam and learned of Capt..Sassek's death later in 1967. He was an outstanding Marine as you read the postings herein. I wish we could have met again back in Kansas after the war but I will wait until I meet him on the diamond in heaven.
    I have visited his name on the Wall. God Bless you for the leadership and joy you gave to all of us.. Capt. Biz Obley, USN -ret.

    Sassek 's.
  • My CO and my friend

    Posted on 1/14/16 - by Jack Simpson, Jr.
    Captain Sasek (Dick) was my commanding officer in Vietnam in 1967. I was his artillery forward observer (arty FO). We were the same age--born in 1937. We worked side-by-side in combat. He was a very special person.
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