RICHARD J HASTREITER
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HONORED ON PANEL 13E, LINE 44 OF THE WALL

RICHARD JAMES HASTREITER

WALL NAME

RICHARD J HASTREITER

PANEL / LINE

13E/44

DATE OF BIRTH

05/22/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/14/1966

HOME OF RECORD

ROME CITY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Noble County

STATE

IN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

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LEFT FOR RICHARD JAMES HASTREITER
POSTED ON 5.22.2023
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Valiant Service Marine.

May those who served never be forgotten. Rest in peace LCPL. Hastreiter, I salute your brave soul. My heart goes out to you and your family. Semper Fidelis!
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POSTED ON 5.22.2023
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm Proud of Our Vietnam Veterans

Lance Corporal Richard James Hastreiter, Served with Company M, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 4.24.2023
POSTED BY: RANDY L COLEMAN

My best friend and classmate.

I miss you everyday. I am 76 years old now and wish you didn't have to leave us when you were so young. I made it to Vietnam shortly after you were killed. I hope we can meet again someday.
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POSTED ON 11.7.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. We should be forever thankful for the sacrifices of you and so many others to ensure the freedoms we so often take for granted.
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POSTED ON 6.22.2020

Attack on Hill 71 – December 14, 1966

In the early morning hours of December 14, 1966, 1st Platoon, Company M, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines were set in an observation post (OP) at Hill 71, five miles southwest of Chu Lai Airfield in Quang Tin Province, RVN. Another Battalion had manned the hill before 1st Platoon arrived and had not run any patrols or ambushes during their stay. Once in place, the acting commander of 1st Platoon requested not to send out the normal ambushes due to fatigue of the troops after coming off Operation Cortez two days earlier. Bunkers and fighting holes were still being developed, and not all the Marines had a fighting hole. Furthermore, local Popular Forces troops from the surrounding villages who were supposed to be accompanying the Marines on Hill 71 disappeared from their bunkers a little after 2:30 AM. At approximately fifteen minutes later, a Viet Cong (VC) force estimated at thirty to forty attacked the Marine position. The enemy combatants fired heavy small arms, threw grenades, and fired 57mm Recoilless Rifle (RR) rounds. One RR round hit a machine gun bunker, and a second round hit the communication tent, setting it ablaze and severing communications for the rest of the night. The enemy was believed to have come up from the southwest and attacked without warning, overrunning two positions on the OP. The Marines fought back with unit weapons, and a platoon from Company I, 3/5 was dispatched to support. Marine Amtracs were also sent to reinforce the position. Company M suffered ten killed and sixteen wounded in the attack. The lost Marine personnel included CPL Robert Copeland, PFC Keith O. Elledge, PFC Roland P. Guerette, LCPL Richard J. Hastreiter, LCPL Walter E. Herrmann III, PFC Leamon R. Ladd, PFC Kenny R. Suzuki, PFC Randall A. Vanatta, and PFC Charles E. Watkins; one Navy corpsman, HN Walter H. Jones II, was also lost. One M60 machine gun was captured by the enemy, and three PRC-25 radios were heavily damaged. No pursuit of the attacking force was attempted. Marine units reported one VC killed (probable), and a search of the battle area revealed fifteen ChiCom grenade duds. Following this incident, Company M units were withdrawn from positions on Hill 71 and nearby Hill 76 and returned to perimeter positions at the Battalion Command Post. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Command Chronology (1st Battalion, 7th Marines), December 1966” at ttu.edu; also, information provided by JD Murray (January 2004)]
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