RICHARD J ROUGHGARDEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 18W, LINE 86 OF THE WALL

RICHARD J ROUGHGARDEN

WALL NAME

RICHARD J ROUGHGARDEN

PANEL / LINE

18W/86

DATE OF BIRTH

08/19/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BIEN HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/14/1969

HOME OF RECORD

HAWTHORNE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Passaic County

STATE

NJ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RICHARD J ROUGHGARDEN
POSTED ON 5.7.2019
POSTED BY: David Turner

Remembering a close friend and fellow soldier from the 46th Engineer Battalion

Richard and I became good friends after my arrival in the 46th June 1969. Richard was a graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in Architecture. He was a member of and National Guard unit from New Jersey. Our S-3 was mainly staffed with men from this Guard Unit. I know a lot of days the guys from this Guard Unit would tell us that it is unconstitutional for them to be sent to Vietnam. We had a good time joking with them about this issue. I assume they were at the 46th because they had critical MOS”s The sad part is that Richard was in his last 2 weeks of his tour . In 2004 I made a trip to NJ and visted Richards grave. My wife and I then drove to Stuart , FL to visit Richards Mom and Brother . An emotional trip for all of us. Richard I look forward to seeing you when I get to heaven.
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POSTED ON 9.11.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Ground Casualty

1LT Richard J. Roughgarden was a Construction Engineer serving with Headquarters & Headquarters Company (HHC), 46th Engineer Battalion. On September 14, 1969, 1LT Roughgarden died after being shot in the head with a .45 pistol by his best friend on the balcony of their two-story hootch building at Long Binh Post. The incident occurred after an evening of drinking at the battalion officer’s club on base. There were no witnesses to the incident; however, at a General Courts Martial for the shooter, both the prosecution and the defense accepted that it was an accident. Nevertheless, the prosecution wanted a manslaughter verdict. There were not supposed to be any loaded weapons inside the perimeter of Long Binh except for guard duty, and the prosecutor made a case for negligence. Eventually, the board of the Long Binh General Courts Martial delivered a manslaughter verdict but directed only a letter of reprimand because they believed the shooter had suffered enough and would carry the guilt of his actions with him the rest of his life. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Thomas K. Butt at tombutt.com]
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POSTED ON 9.14.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear 1LT Richard J Roughgarden, 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 6.27.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Richard is buried at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ.
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POSTED ON 2.12.2008

Put A Face With A Name

Richard J. Roughgarden is remembered at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational Center. To learn more search on www.njvvmf.org.
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