SGT Richard Garcia
Funeral Service is Today for SGT Richard Garcia (Morgan Hill Times and San Martin News, May 15, 1969)
SSGT Richard C. Garcia, who was reported killed in action against the enemy in Vietnam, Saturday, May 3, was returned here Tuesday, May 13. The body was accompanied by a cousin, David Frazer, of King City, who returned to the United States as an escort. Rosary was recited Wednesday evening, May 14, from the Johnson Funeral Home, here. A military service will be held this morning, Thursday, May 15, at 9:30 o’clock from the funeral home followed by Mass at 10 o’clock in St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, South Peak Avenue. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Morgan Hill. The 21-year-old former football star was captain of the Live Oak High School team in his senior year and was named All-League that year. While in high school he also took part in track and wrestling. A guard and a linebacker, Garcia also was a member of the football team at Gavilan College, which he attended for two years. He was drafted 1 ½ years ago into the United States Army. He served with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam for the past six months. He was due for release next January 17. A native of King City, he had lived in Morgan Hill since a young boy. He married the former Sharlene A. Tracy of Morgan Hill, Sunday, June 2, 1968. Besides his wife, he leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Garcia, of 160 Lindo Lane, Morgan Hill.