RICHARD V BLACKBURN
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HONORED ON PANEL 5W, LINE 39 OF THE WALL

RICHARD VINCENT BLACKBURN

WALL NAME

RICHARD V BLACKBURN

PANEL / LINE

5W/39

DATE OF BIRTH

09/18/1951

CASUALTY PROVINCE

DARLAC

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/11/1971

HOME OF RECORD

MINNEAPOLIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hennepin County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RICHARD VINCENT BLACKBURN
POSTED ON 11.19.2017

Miss you, buddy

He was a good guy who never had the chance to grow all the way up.
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POSTED ON 9.18.2017
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Corporal Richard Vincent Blackburn, Served with A Troop, 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Aviation Brigade.
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POSTED ON 3.27.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR CORPORAL BLACKBURN,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A FLIGHT QUALIFIED AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE APPRENTICE. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. MANY OF US HAVE BEGUN OUR JOURNEY TO EASTER. AND YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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POSTED ON 9.13.2016
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of CPL Richard V. Blackburn

Final Mission of CPL Richard V. Blackburn
On January 11, 1971, a U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A (tail number 66-07923) from A Troop, 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry, was attempting to drop a homemade bomb over an enemy bunker when it exploded prematurely, killing both crewmen and causing the aircraft to crash. The two lost crewmen included pilot WO1 William F. Johnson and observer CPL Richard V. Blackburn. The crudely made bomb consisted of a mini-gun ammo can filled with dynamite and hydraulic fluid, banded tight with a white phosphorous grenade strapped to it. When CPL Blackburn got ready to drop it on the enemy bunker and pulled the pin, it blew immediately killing them both. Speculation was that one of the Ruff-Puff guards (RFPF's, or Regional Forces and Popular Forces) at City Field in Ban Me Thout changed the detonator with one from a smoke grenade. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 3.16.2015
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, St. Cloud, Minnesota & Herb Reckinger Jr., Cottage Grove, Minnesota

Photo remembrance of Richard Vincent Blackburn

The pictures were provided by Richard’s brother, Art Blackburn, and Art’s son Ben and were posted by Herb Reckinger Jr. of Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Thank you Art, Ben and Herb!
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