RICHARD L AKEL
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HONORED ON PANEL 63E, LINE 4 OF THE WALL

RICHARD LOUIS AKEL

WALL NAME

RICHARD L AKEL

PANEL / LINE

63E/4

DATE OF BIRTH

07/04/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/19/1968

HOME OF RECORD

MIAMI

COUNTY OF RECORD

Miami-Dade County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RICHARD LOUIS AKEL
POSTED ON 3.27.2021
POSTED BY: John Fabris

Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

As long as you are remembered you will never die...
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POSTED ON 6.1.2020
POSTED BY: Richard Akel

TRIBUTE FROM A FORMER NEW ZEALAND SOLDIER IN 1968 WITH THE SAME LAST NAME

My name is Richard L. (Livingston) Akel and I was drafted into the NZ Army in 1968 at approximately the time Richard L. (Louis) Akel made the ultimate sacrifice. I have been to the Vietnam Vets Memorial in Washington, D.C., and seen your name. Although I never knew you, I am sure we must be related with the same last name "Akel." Seeing your name made me think a lot about all the life I have enjoyed since being discharged from the NZ Army, which was so prematurely and suddenly and tragically taken away from you when you were serving in the US Amry. When I saw your name I thought to myself: "There but for the grace of God go I," because in 1968 my comrades and I were all concerned that we would be sent to Vietnam, but we never were. I am not a religious person but when I think of you, I remember what Jesus said: “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." Richard Akel
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POSTED ON 3.17.2019
POSTED BY: Cathy Haynes, Wall of Faces Florida volunteer researcher

Beloved brother...Dream and goals unfulfilled

Non-military photos of Richie were graciously provided by his sister, Kathleen. Dreams and goals were cut short in his ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. But the love and remembrance of him is endless....
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POSTED ON 11.23.2018
POSTED BY: Mike Powell

Met you in passing

Richard I had just arrived in c company a week before you were Kia and met you once. I didn’t know you but I think about all of our brothers from our company that did not get to come home as I did.
You will always be remembered.
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POSTED ON 8.10.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SGT AKEL,
YOU ARE AN INDEPENDENCE DAY BABY! THANK YOU FOR BEING A GRUNT.
REST IN PEACE.
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