RICHARD M MAHON
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HONORED ON PANEL 15W, LINE 125 OF THE WALL

RICHARD MICHAEL MAHON

WALL NAME

RICHARD M MAHON

PANEL / LINE

15W/125

DATE OF BIRTH

03/09/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LONG KHANH

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/04/1970

HOME OF RECORD

NEW YORK

COUNTY OF RECORD

New York City

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP5

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LEFT FOR RICHARD MICHAEL MAHON
POSTED ON 5.6.2024

Ground Casualty

SP5 Richard M. Mahon was a Combat Engineer serving with the 87th Engineer Company, 199th Infantry Brigade (Light), U.S. Army Republic of Vietnam. Nicknamed the “Redcatchers," the 199th arrived in Vietnam in December 1966 to provide an increased U.S. presence in Military Region III. As a Combat Engineer, Mahon’s unit performed a variety of tasks. Accompanying combat forces, they provided mine detection and demolition teams, set up water points, maintained supply roads, and built bridges and rafts. The company’s tankdozers proved very popular with the infantry by clearing paths through the jungle, exposing tunnel complexes, and detonating booby traps. On January 4, 1970, Mahon was at Fire Support Base Mace (Gia Ray) located seven kilometers (4.3 miles) northeast of Suoi Cat in Long Khanh Province, RVN. At 6:15 PM, a gunshot rang out on base bringing Redcatchers dashing to the scene where they found Mahon had shot himself in the head. Critically injured, he was flown to the 24th Evacuation Hospital on Long Binh Post where he expired a few hours later. Subsequent casualty reports indicated that the wound was self-inflicted; however, in an improbable action, when a final report was issued on June 8, 1970, the narrative of loss was amended to “accidently shot by another individual.” In none of the three interim reports was it noted another person was involved in the shooting. Mahon was 21 years old. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Engineers at War” by Adrian G. Traas]
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POSTED ON 4.19.2024

SP5 Richard M. Mahon’s Military ID

Image courtesy of Redbird Research LLC, Saint Charles, MO.
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POSTED ON 6.27.2023
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 6.1.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp5 Richard Mahon, Thank you for your service as a Combat Engineer. Yesterday was the 51st anniversary of the start of your tour. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 9.6.2019
POSTED BY: Sue Britton

LOOKING FOR PHOTO

This message is meant for anyone (family, friend or acquaintance) who might have known this individual. As a community service project for the American Legion Auxiliary, I am looking for a photo of this service member so that they may be fully recognized and honored on the Wall of Faces. If you have access to any type of photo (military, graduation, casual or group), please contact me at [email protected]
Your help is greatly appreciated!
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