RICHARD J DUPLESSIS
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HONORED ON PANEL 3W, LINE 119 OF THE WALL

RICHARD JAMES DUPLESSIS

WALL NAME

RICHARD J DUPLESSIS

PANEL / LINE

3W/119

DATE OF BIRTH

04/18/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/31/1971

HOME OF RECORD

CARBONDALE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lackawanna County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RICHARD JAMES DUPLESSIS
POSTED ON 1.16.2019
POSTED BY: Rob Dunn

Same platoon at Ft. Polk

Served with Richard at Ft Polk. We were bunk mates. A really good guy. Very unassuming and very quiet. Died too young.
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POSTED ON 6.29.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Richard Duplessis,
Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Independence Day is approaching, and we remember your sacrifice. We remember all you who gave their all. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 1.31.2017
POSTED BY: Darrel Gotvaslee

I REMEMBER THE DAY

I served with Richard. I had gotten the S4 Job(Supply the company) shortly before this, which allowed me to stay on the firebase and make sure the company got resupplied. I received word that the company had landed in a hot LZ and I would have to go out on a chopper to retrieve bodies. I'll never forget the look on the guys faces as they loaded them along with a melted down M-60 on the chopper.
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POSTED ON 1.28.2017
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of SP4 Richard J. Duplessis

SP4 Randy L. Caylor, SP4 Richard J. Duplessis, and CPL Robert A. Piper were infantrymen serving with D Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. On July 31, 1971, they were on a company-sized combat operation on the east slope of Hill 953 in Quang Nam Province, RVN, an area previously occupied the year before by U.S. Marines. D Company was dropped off at landing zone half way up the hill, requiring several transport ships to deliver the entire company. Once on the ground, some of the troop noticed a U.S. Army OV-10 Bronco observation plane fly overhead, turn around, and come back. It then started dropping white smoke grenades on a nearby area. They were unsure what crew of the Bronco was trying to tell them since there was no radio contact. Suddenly, someone shouted there was movement up ahead. Several GI’s moved forward. They had just broken a fundamental rule that they teach in AIT (advanced infantry training): never chase your enemy. NVA 82mm mortars began to rain down on D Company’s position. That pinned them down so the enemy could advance. Next was gunfire, grenades, and the RPG’s (rocket-propelled grenades). Within15 minutes of landing, several men were killed, including Caylor (who was hit by mortar fire), Duplessis, and Piper. American air assets began dropping napalm and 500-pound bombs, and eventually D Company took Hill 953. A later intelligence report said they had run into a large unit of hard core NVA, dug in and ready to fight. Two days after taking the hill, it was abandoned by U.S. forces. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Lee Jackson (January 2017)]
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POSTED ON 8.29.2016
POSTED BY: Jason duplessis

Our family member

Uncle Richard name duplessis even tho I never got to meet you in person I give you my greatest thanks to fighting and risking your life so your family and all us usa citizens could live in peace I wish you were here to meet me and so I can get to know you fly high and watch over me and your family RIP uncle Richard James duplessis
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