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  • Wall Name:DON J RICHARDS
  • Date of Birth:7/16/1947
  • Date of Casualty:5/21/1966
  • Home of Record:RINGGOLD
  • County of Record:CATOOSA COUNTY
  • State:GA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row: 7E, 98
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN


  • Date of Birth:8/4/1927
  • Date of Casualty:5/21/1966
  • Home of Record:RALEIGH
  • County of Record:DURHAM COUNTY
  • State:NC
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PSGT
  • Panel/Row: 7E, 99
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN


is honored on Panel 7E, Row 98 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Never forgotten

    Posted on 6/20/16 - by Mario DiBene Sgt USMC
    Sonny, there are not enough words to express how proud I am to have known you when we were kids together on Logan Ave. I think of you often. I thank you for giving up your tomorrow for my todays. You voluntarily joined the Marines knowing you were going to Vietnam, which showed the type of brave person you were. Until I join you I will always keep thinking about you and your sacrifice for your country. Your friend always and fellow Marine Mario DiBene
  • Semper Fi, Marine.

    Posted on 5/21/14 - by A Marine, USMC, Vietnam
  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 5/21/13 - by Curt Carter

    Dear PFC Chester Schapanick, 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

  • Remembrance

    Posted on 5/31/12 - by
    PFC Chester Schapanick Bronx, New York City, KIA May 21, 1966, 1st Battalion 9th Marines C Company
  • Always Remembered

    Posted on 11/22/11 - by Frank Schapanick
    Your family and friends never forgot you.You'll always be in our hearts.brThere's hardly a day that goes by that your not thought of.............................
  • My big brother & hero

    Posted on 11/18/11 - by Edward Schapanick
    I'll always love you. Until we met in heaven again.
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 4/18/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
  • Thanks Chester

    Posted on 3/11/02 - by Pete Mercurio
    I remember Chester and I also remember his younger brother Frank. I can remember hearing of his passing some years after leaving school. We were classmates back in the Bronx, although my memory fails -was it PS 101 or Columbus HS.-probably both.
    I remember them as being two nice guys. It must have been hard on Frank to lose his brother to that miserable war. I lost my brother some years back, although not war related I still know the void when losing a brother. Thankfully Frank and I enjoy the privilage of living free in this great country that Chester gave his life for, we were able to grow old because of brave soldiers like him. Thanks Chester, you will always live on in my memory. Pete Mercurio

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