OLIVER J RIDDLE
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HONORED ON PANEL 13E, LINE 12 OF THE WALL

OLIVER JOHN RIDDLE

WALL NAME

OLIVER J RIDDLE

PANEL / LINE

13E/12

DATE OF BIRTH

10/23/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

GIA DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/04/1966

HOME OF RECORD

CORAOPOLIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Allegheny County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

A2C

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR OLIVER JOHN RIDDLE
POSTED ON 11.20.2016

Ground Casualty

A2C Oliver J. Riddle, A2C John M. Cole, and A2C George M. Bevich Jr. were security policemen serving with the 377th Air Police Squadron at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Gia Dinh Province, RVN. On the night of December 4, 1966, the air base was attacked by an estimated force of 60 Viet Cong who attempted to infiltrate the base. Security dog handlers, including A2C Bevich, were alerted and led the defense against the base. A furious battle ensued between the infiltrators and 50 members of the 377th Air Police Squadron. By dawn the communists had dispersed, leaving 18 dead and four prisoners. Three policemen were killed in the battle including Riddle, Cole, and Bevich. Two security dogs were also killed and six handlers and two of their dogs were wounded. Seventeen of the dog handlers were later cited for bravery with A2C Bevich receiving the Silver Star posthumously. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Man’s Best Friend Has Special Meaning to Southeast Asia Bases.” Armed Forces News Service (AFNS), date unknown.]
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POSTED ON 12.4.2014
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Thank You

Thank you Airman Riddle for your courage.
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POSTED ON 6.9.2014
POSTED BY: A2C Mike Harling 377th

Our Friend Forever

Well Oliver, we will always remember what you gave and we will always remember who you are. What a unit what a bunch of great guys.
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POSTED ON 11.6.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear A2C Oliver John Riddle, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 7.26.2013

A Veteran's Day Salute

Bobby,
I happened to be in the Pittsburgh area on Veteran's Day in 2012 and took the opportunity to stop by your grave and visit. As both a Vietnam Vet and a friend from your days at Cape Charles AFS I was honored to be able to salute you and thank you for your service.
May God bless you and keep you close!
A buddy from the 771st, CCAFS, VA.
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