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is honored on Panel 16E, Line 66 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 3/11/18 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Thank you PFC Wood for your courage in dangerous times, in a far and dangerous place.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/11/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Richard Steven Wood, 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.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • We Remember

    Posted on 4/13/11 - by Robert Sage
    Richard is buried at Mt Calvary Cemetery, Salt Lake City,UT. PH
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 11/8/05 - 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 heros 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 heros 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
  • Posted on 11/14/98 - by Harold C. Short
    Richard was a friend of mine. I had a class at the University of Utah and sat next to his girlfriend. She received a ring, an engagement ring I believe, from him and then a few days later got word of his death. Because of Richard and others like him I dropped out of pre-med and joined the Marines in August 1967 in their Officer program. Fortunately I missed the war, maybe because some who went before me watched out over me. Maybe Richard. The sad memories of good men like Richard really can not be captured in mere words. Future generations will never grasp the total frustration of the war in Viet Nam or the devasting effect on this country. I can close my eyes and see his smiling face. The good do die young and they were so very, very young.
    Harold C. Short

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