RICHARD B CANNING
VIEW ALL PHOTOS (4)
HONORED ON PANEL 17W, LINE 35 OF THE WALL

RICHARD BRUCE CANNING

WALL NAME

RICHARD B CANNING

PANEL / LINE

17W/35

DATE OF BIRTH

04/03/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/04/1969

HOME OF RECORD

MEMPHIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Shelby County

STATE

TN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

Book a time
Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RICHARD BRUCE CANNING
POSTED ON 3.9.2022
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 sunlight 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.
read more read less
POSTED ON 12.28.2021

Final Mission of SP5 Richard B. Canning

SP5 Richard B. Canning was a light helicopter mechanic assigned to 173rd Flight “Casper” Platoon, Headquarters & Headquarters Company (HHC), 173rd Airborne Brigade. Canning also served as a crew chief and observer/gunner on one of the 173rd’s scout OH-6A “Loach” helicopters. On October 4, 1969, Canning was crewing in an OH-6A (#66-14385) during a reconnaissance mission over Quang Ngai Province, RVN. The Casper aircraft were assisting a sweep by U.S. ground troops of a village two miles southwest of Tam Quan. Canning’s Loach and another OH-6A flew low over the far end of the village to watch for enemy combatants attempting to evade the sweeping troops. While conducting the recon, hostile ground fire hit Canning’s aircraft causing it to crash. A Casper UH-1 helicopter carrying the ground troop’s Battalion Commander dropped him off with his men and flew to the downed OH-6A. The Loach was on its side with the pilot providing aid to a critically wounded Canning. While the second OH-6A laid down covering fire, the UH-1 landed and its door gunner helped put Canning inside the aircraft. They flew to a medical facility at LZ English where Canning was admitted and later expired. The crashed Loach was afterward recovered by sling load. Canning was posthumously promoted to Staff Sergeant. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vhpa.org, casperplatoon.com and information provided by Don McKeough (September 2021)]
read more read less
POSTED ON 11.16.2020
POSTED BY: jerry sandwisch wood cty. ohio nam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde

You are not forgotten

The war may be forgotten but the warrior will always be remembered. All gave Some-Some gave All. Rest in peace Sky Soldier.
read more read less
POSTED ON 7.1.2018
POSTED BY: Mike Switzer

Tribute to Sky Soldier

On behalf of all the paratroopers who served with you in the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) and all who followed, we offer our respect and remembrance of your ultimate sacrifice. May you never be forgotten and your family and friends take comfort in your valor in serving.
read more read less
POSTED ON 9.23.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

THANK YOU

Dear SSGT Richard Canning,
Thank you for your service as an Airborne Qualified OH-13/OH-23 Helicopter Repairer. It is another autumn, and time has passed since this war. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
read more read less
1 2 3