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is honored on Panel 14E, Line 89 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/26/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear 1LT Richard Vickers Thompson, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 8/31/04 - by Robert Sage
    Richard is buried at Golden Gate Nat Cem.
  • Forever in our hearts and mind

    Posted on 6/28/04 - by David Haragan
    I went to high school with Rich in Auburn California. His father Vickers Thompson was away serving in the military so it was up to Mary his wife to raise two sons, Rich, Jack and a very suspect group of their buddies during his absence (what a handful!)
    Auburn was simply a wonderful place to grow up. A fairly small town of 5000 at the time, close to the Sierras, Lakes and rivers. As fortune would have it Rich fell in with a motely crew, myself Dave Haragan,Dick Ziegelmann,Dave Kerr,John Volek,Larry Webber and others. It was such an important time in our lives, so many firsts. First beers, first cars, first loves and our first losses. I think this is why so many of us hold the memory of Rich so close to our hearts. It was such a wonderful time for all of us and with Richs' help we made the most of it! We probable did not know how much we all loved each other then, certainly we would never tell a bud how important he was to us. I suppose it takes years and life experiences to make one realize how important those friendships and that time in our lives were. Many of us still live here in Auburn, still a great place to live and raise a family. It amazes me the depth of feeling we still share for Rich. Dick Ziegelmann and I recently went fishing and afterwards we were having dinner together in a roadside bar and restaurant. We started reminiscing about Rich and the "good ole days" We were laughing like hell at some the the stories then I felt such an upwelling of emotion, tears start streaming down my cheeks. It has been 35 years since Rich died and yet it seems like yesterday. I must confess to being somewhat of a an emotional weenie (I cry at a warm handshake) but Dick is not he sat there looking at me with tears streaming down my face and then I saw him break. All 6 foot 5 inches of him unabashadly choking back tears he looks at me and said "Rich was the best friend I ever had" and there you have it. We loved Rich way back then and we still do. You know something it feels good to cry with a buddy so many years after you lose such a big part of your life. I will always remember Richs' tremendous zest for life,his faithfulness to all his friends, the love and respect he had for his incredible parents and the deep love and pride he had for his brother Jack.
    Thank you Rich you will always be a part of us.
  • in gratitude....

    Posted on 1/27/03 - by cynthia blake
    Richard Vickers Thompson

    I feel everyone here needs some acknowledgement of their ultimate sacrifice for our country. You died much too young.
    You most likely were just out of school. You had a life that deserved many more years. You left behind people who loved you and who, I imagine still fee the pain of your loss to this day. I hope they have comfort in knowing you are at rest and that they will someday see you again in a much better place.

    Your courage and efforts in Viet Nam will never be forgotten in my heart and in a multitude of others who have the upmost respect and honor for the soldiers who lost their lives there.

    in Peace always
    January 27, 2003
  • Uncommon Valor

    Posted on 2/11/02 - by Harold Eugene Boyd
    Friends will not and must not be forgotten.
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