RICHARD W KANONCZYK
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HONORED ON PANEL 53E, LINE 35 OF THE WALL

RICHARD WALTER KANONCZYK

WALL NAME

RICHARD W KANONCZYK

PANEL / LINE

53E/35

DATE OF BIRTH

07/15/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/01/1968

HOME OF RECORD

ERIE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Erie County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CPL

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LEFT FOR RICHARD WALTER KANONCZYK
POSTED ON 4.8.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Say not in grief he is no more, but live in thankfulness that he was.
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POSTED ON 5.15.2022

Final Mission of CPL Richard W. Kanonczyk

During the month of May 1968, the 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, conducted unilateral and joint offensive operations within their area of responsibility in Quang Nam Province, RVN, to locate and destroy enemy forces, bases, and logistic installations. The Marines’ primary focus was on those forces which posed the greatest threat to important population and economic centers and the security of allied military installations. Part of the strategy was to conduct aggressive patrolling. On the evening of May 1st, a squad from 3rd Platoon, F Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines was moving to an ambush site when an unknown number of enemy combatants opened fire with small arms two miles west of Nam-O Bridge in Quang Nam Province, RVN. The squad returned fire with unit weapons and reported seeing one enemy in a brown uniform. The engagement lasted five minutes with the enemy breaking contact and withdrawing to the west. The ambush team then moved to a rally point where it linked up with a reaction force sent to reinforce them. Under the glow of 81mm illumination rounds, the ambush patrol and reaction force returned to the point of contact where they located two dead Marines and one Viet Cong killed. The lost Americans were CPL Richard W. Kanonczyk and CPL Ronald D. Lovelady. Both sustained gunshot wounds to the body. Also located was a missing U.S. Remington Model 870 pump-action shotgun. The ambush team remained near the site of contact for the remainder of the night. At first light, the ambush site was searched again, and a Chicom grenade was located. The dead U.S. were evacuated by boat, then loaded into a truck and carried to a medical facility. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, and “Command Chronology (2d Bn 7th Marines), May 1968” and “Command Chronology (7th Marines), May 1968” at ttu.edu]
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POSTED ON 11.2.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cpl Richard Kanonczyk, Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Today is All Souls’ Day, a day we remember all of you. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.22.2016
POSTED BY: Lore Wiseman USMC '66-'70

Platoon 2072 Parris Island

Richard was in my recruit platoon 2072 graduated Oct 1966. I'll never forget his sacrifice or the burden his loved ones had to bear.
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POSTED ON 5.1.2014
POSTED BY: A Marine, USMC, Vietnam

Semper Fi, Corporal.