RICHARD L IRVIN
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HONORED ON PANEL 20W, LINE 97 OF THE WALL

RICHARD LOWELL IRVIN

WALL NAME

RICHARD L IRVIN

PANEL / LINE

20W/97

DATE OF BIRTH

08/06/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LAM DONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/05/1969

HOME OF RECORD

SHEFFIELD LAKE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lorain County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RICHARD LOWELL IRVIN
POSTED ON 10.6.2023
POSTED BY: Roxanne Lisi

To my Hero

Dad - we never got to meet. But that doesn’t mean you didn’t teach me anything. You taught me loyalty, and to never leave anyone behind. I have always missed you. And you have two beautiful grandchildren.

Much love - your daughter
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POSTED ON 1.28.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. While all deaths in Vietnam are tragic that you died one day before your 21st birthday is especially so. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 7.27.2022
POSTED BY: ANON

74

Never forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 7.31.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 11.21.2020

Final Mission of SP4 Richard L. Irvin

On July 15, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 66-16736) from B Company, 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 11th Aviation Group, 1st Cavalry Division, was conducting a final extraction of 1st Cavalry Division troops in northern III Corps between An Loc and Song Be in Phuoc Long Province, RVN. The aircraft was the fourth helicopter in a flight of six which had refueled at Quan Loi (LZ Oasis) twenty minutes earlier and was carrying 1400lbs. of fuel. The ship circled the jungle pickup zone (PZ) twice before beginning its approach. On short final to the PZ, the co-pilot reported the engine surging. Main rotor speed was lost despite application of full power. It was later surmised the helicopter suffered a main transmission failure. The ship began to fall, and the aircraft commander assisted as control of the helicopter was lost. Without sufficient rotor speed to accomplish autorotation, the aircraft made a hard landing inside the PZ. The fuel cells ruptured on impact and the ship burst into flames. Infantrymen from the ground unit helped the crewmembers out of the burning aircraft. Three crewmen were critically injured in the crash. The crew chief, SP4 Richard L. Irvin, was treated at a military medical facility in Vietnam for burns to his lower body and fractures to both legs and his lower back. He was evacuated to the burn center at the 106th U.S. Army General Hospital in Yokohama, Japan; Irvin was later transferred to Brooke General Hospital at Fort Sam Houston, TX, where he died due to cerebral fat emboli on August 5, 1969. The co-pilot, WO1 Fred A. Fedder, was also evacuated to the Army burn center in Japan; he succumbed to his injuries on August 9, 1969. The aircraft commander suffered 3rd degree burns over 60% of his body and fractures to both legs. He was evacuated to Japan and survived with the loss of his left arm. The gunner, who reportedly leapt from the aircraft before impact, walked away from the crash with some burns and other minor injuries. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org and information provided by Jim Coleman and Ron Hope (October 2020)]
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