RICHARD D ATOR
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HONORED ON PANEL 13W, LINE 84 OF THE WALL

RICHARD DENNIS ATOR

WALL NAME

RICHARD D ATOR

PANEL / LINE

13W/84

DATE OF BIRTH

03/10/1937

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TUYEN DUC

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/05/1970

HOME OF RECORD

MOSES LAKE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Grant County

STATE

WA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

MAJ

REMEMBRANCES

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POSTED ON 5.3.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The account of your actions when awarded the Silver Star attest to your bravery and is inspiring. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 3.5.2021
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Silver Star Medal Award

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Major Richard Dennis Ator, United States Army, for gallantry in action. Major Ator distinguished himself by gallantry in action on 5 March 1970 while serving as District Senior Advisor, Don Duong District, Tuyen Duc Province, Republic of Vietnam. On this date at 0200 hours, Major Ator's district headquarters was brought under heavy enemy mortar fire, and the initial bombardment was of such intensity that he was separated from the rest of his district team. Disregarding the intensity of the attack, Major Ator moved from his secure position to locate the main effort of the enemy to penetrate the defensive position and barbed wire. He was the first to detect the breach of the defensive wire and alone moved to thwart the ground assault, placing himself between the enemy and the remainder of his team. Major Ator, armed with a grenade launcher, placed continuous and effective fire on the advancing enemy, inflicting heavy casualties. He continued to fire at point blank range until his ammunition was exhausted, and then he moved toward the breach in the wire and engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. He continued his courageous defense using his weapon as a club, and blunted the enemy's main attack until he was mortally wounded. Major Ator's unhesitating action nullified the enemy's attempt to eliminate his district team and was responsible for the light casualties sustained by the team. Major Ator's conspicuous gallantry in action was in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/101048
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POSTED ON 3.5.2021
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Bronze Star Medal Award for Valor

Major Richard Dennis Ator was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, with Combat Distinguishing Device (V), for his exemplary gallantry in action. He was also awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Merit for his sustained meritorious service. He served as an Operations & Training Staff Officer and was assigned to ADV TEAM 26, HQ, MACV ADVISORS, MACV.
See http://www.coffeltdatabase.org/detreq2.php
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POSTED ON 10.9.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR MAJOR ATOR,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN OPERATIONS & TRAINING OFFICER - G3. I HATE YOU DIED JUST 5 DAYS BEFORE YOUR BIRTHDAY. REST IN PEACE. IT IS COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND. AMERICA CARES. YOU MATTER.
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POSTED ON 9.28.2016
POSTED BY: Sp 4 Cris Santiago

1st 22nd Inf Ft. Lewis

I remember this heroe when he was LT. Ator back in 1962 to 1964 Ft. Lewis WA.I served with the 1st of the 22nd Infantry Regiment 4th Infantry Division. He was an amazing individual. Sharp soldier one you would not hesitate to face an enemy with. A professional officer and a true gentleman. My heart aches to know we lost him in combat. My condolences to his family.
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