ARTURO R RIOS
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HONORED ON PANEL 51E, LINE 1 OF THE WALL

ARTURO RECIO RIOS

WALL NAME

ARTURO R RIOS

PANEL / LINE

51E/1

DATE OF BIRTH

02/19/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

DINH TUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/19/1968

HOME OF RECORD

IDAHO FALLS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Bonneville County

STATE

ID

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ARTURO RECIO RIOS
POSTED ON 11.3.2020

“I.F. Soldier Dies Of Wounds” (article)

Taken from The Post Register (Idaho Falls, ID), April 23, 1968, courtesy of Beth Swenson, Assistant Director - Public Services, Idaho Falls Public Library, Idaho Falls, ID.
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POSTED ON 9.22.2020

Final Mission of SP4 Arturo R. Rios

Operation Truong Cong Dinh (“People's Road”) was a United States and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) security operation to reestablish South Vietnamese control over the northern Mekong Delta in the aftermath of the Tet Offensive. The operation aimed to root out Viet Cong forces in the area and stop them from attacking traffic on the nearby Highway QL-4. The operation started on March 7, 1968, and lasted until August 1968, involving the 1st and 2nd brigades of the U.S. 9th Infantry Division and the ARVN 7th Division backed by South Vietnamese Regional Forces. SP4 Arturo R. Rios was an infantryman serving with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. SP4 Rios’ unit participated in the operations against Viet Cong main-force battalions operating in the areas adjacent to QL-4, locating and battling the enemy forces in some of the most difficult terrain in Vietnam. During one of the engagements, Rios was wounded by enemy fire. Taken to a nearby medical facility, his condition worsened when infection set in, and he was medically evacuated to a U.S. military hospital in Japan where he died of peritonitis on April 19, 1968. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, wikipedia.org, and SP4 Rios’ Army Presidential Unit Citation; obituary from the Desert News (Salt Lake City, UT), April 30, 1968, courtesy of Madeline Lowry, Reference Assistant, Idaho State Historical Society, Boise, ID]
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POSTED ON 5.12.2020
POSTED BY: Jennifer Miller

Uncle

I’m saddened that I never met you or majority of my family. It’s a honor to have you as my uncle and to know the sacrifice you made for this country.
Love always,
Jennifer Rios
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POSTED ON 10.30.2017
POSTED BY: Mary Ann Perez Johnson

DC Visit

Looking for someone to honor for Day of the Dead. Your spirit and name drew my attention. I took a pic of your name and now I search internet and delighted to find a photo. Plan to share info about your sacrifice with my 12th grade religious education class. Rest in peace, will pray for you and please watch over us.
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POSTED ON 12.17.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Arturo Recio Rios, 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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