RICHARD A FITTS
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HONORED ON PANEL 37W, LINE 10 OF THE WALL

RICHARD ALLAN FITTS

WALL NAME

RICHARD A FITTS

PANEL / LINE

37W/10

DATE OF BIRTH

02/23/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/30/1968

HOME OF RECORD

ABINGTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Plymouth County

STATE

MA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

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ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RICHARD ALLAN FITTS
POSTED ON 12.3.2002
POSTED BY: Robert Surbaugh

An Honored Hero

SSG Richard A. Fitts, Abingdon, Massachusetts, patrol member, Command and Control North, MACV-SOG, missing in action since November 30, 1968, ten miles East of Tchepone, Laos, when returning from patrol aboard a Vietnamese CH-34 helicopter that was hit by 37mm antiaircraft fire. The aircraft fell out of the sky from 3,000 feet and exploded upon impact with the ground. No ground search was initiated at the time because the crash site was located in a “Denied Area.”

“Green Berets At War”, copywrited by Shelby L. Stanton in 1985, reprinted in 1987 by Presidio Press.

Other US Personnel aboard the UH-34 that day were:

SFC Arthur Edward Bader, Jr., Atlantic City, New Jersey
SFC Gary R. LaBohn, Wixom, Michigan
SFC Michael H. Mein, Cape Vincent, New York
SFC Klaus D. Scholtz, Amarillo, Texas
CPT Raymond C. Stacks, Memphis, Tennessee
MAJ Samuel K. Toomey, III, Independence, Missouri

There is an addendum to the above information.

On May 23, 1990, these seven American soldiers’ remains were buried in a common grave in Arlington National Cemetery after they were recovered from the crash site in March 1989. Pentagon Officials presumptively identified them after the U.S. Army Identification Laboratory at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, was able to positively identify the remains of one soldier known to be aboard the aircraft at the time of the crash.

The remains of that one soldier, SSG Richard A. Fitts, Abingdon, Massachusetts, were buried in Abdingdon earlier in 1990. His name is listed with the six other Green Berets on the group’s grave marker because of the possibility of some of his remains being mixed with the rest of the group buried there.

On July 15, 1991, Ms. Lou Anne LaBohn, the sister of SFC Gary R. LaBohn, obtained a minor victory over the Pentagon when officials agreed to remove SFC LaBohn’s name from the marker. The new marker was paid for by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Ms LaBohn will continue to push the National League of Families of POWs and MIAs in Southeast Asia, to take a stand against the military policy of closing the books on entire missing crews based, “…on only one identification.”

This information was taken from press releases by Arlington National Cemetery.
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POSTED ON 5.26.2002
POSTED BY: Sandy

I wore his MIA bracelet

I wore this brave man's MIA bracelet during my last two years of high school (1972-1973).
I'm very pleased to see him honored. May God Bless his soul and his family.
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POSTED ON 2.27.2002
POSTED BY: Lehua Shelton Canning

You Are Not Forgotten

Your were with my uncle, Samuel K. Toomey III, when the chopper went down. We honor each of you. God bless.
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POSTED ON 2.6.2000
POSTED BY: RICHARD PALKA

I'M GLAD YOUR HOME

I KNEW A RICHARD FITTS IN DA NANG, I AM NOT SURE IF HE IS THE SAME, BUT I HAVE WORN RICHARD'S MIA BRACLET SINCE FEBRUARY, 1970 AND I STILL DO TODAY 2/6/00. I ONLY FOUND OUT TODAY THAT HE HAS RETURNED HOME AND IT HAS MADE ME FEEL BETTER. HIS FAMILY NO LONGER NEEDS TO BE GUESSING ABOUT HIS STATUS. WHEN I WENT TO THE WALL I SPENT A LONG TIME CRYING FOR THOSE WONDERFUL YOUNG PEOPLE AND TOOK A RUBBING OF RICHARD.S NAME AND I HAVE TAPED IT ON THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL IN LEONIA, N. J. EACH MEMORIAL DAY SINCE 1980, SO HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. I HAVE ALSO MADE IT A POINT TO REMEMBER HIM IN MY SPEECH ON MEMORIAL DAY SINCE I BECAME THE COMMANDER OF THE AMERICAN LEGION POST #1 IN LEONIA. I WILL CONTINUE TO WEAR HIS MIA BRACLET SO EVERYONE WHO SEES IT REMEMBERS RICHARD, HIS FELLOW VETERANS ON THE WALL AND ALL OF US WHO KNOW WHAT IT WAS LIKE IN NAM. I HAVE MADE IT MY BUSINESS TO REMEMBER ALL THE WONDERFUL YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WENT TO NAM AND ALL VETERANS AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THE COMMUNITY REMEMBERS ALWAYS.
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POSTED ON 9.9.1999
POSTED BY: H.E. Minnick, Jr

Richard

I didn't know SSG Fitts, but I wore his POW/MIA bracelet for years. When his remains were returned I sent the bracelet to the National League of Families so that they could send it to his parents. I hope that they received it along with my letter to them. I visit him every time I go to The Wall. One day we will meet in a better place. God Bless You and your parents.
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