RICHARD E CAWLEY
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HONORED ON PANEL 49E, LINE 39 OF THE WALL

RICHARD ERNEST CAWLEY

WALL NAME

RICHARD E CAWLEY

PANEL / LINE

49E/39

DATE OF BIRTH

05/18/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/13/1968

HOME OF RECORD

ST JOSEPH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Buchanan County

STATE

MO

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

HN

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POSTED ON 4.1.2024

Final Mission of HN Richard E. Cawley

On April 13, 1968, in a no-name operation literally called “No Name No. 2,” the 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 1st Marine Division ran into two North Vietnamese Army (NVA) companies in a fortified hamlet along a small canal north of QL-1 a few miles east of the Hue Citadel in Thua Thien Province, RVN. At 8:21 AM, B-1/27 received heavy automatic weapons, small arms, rocket-propelled grenade, and mortar fire. Taking casualties, the Marines returned fire and attempted to close with the enemy when they became pinned down. Artillery was called onto the NVA positions as Companies A and D joined the fray. A-1/27 ran into heavy fire from the east while D-1/27’s advance was slowed by mines and booby traps. As A-1/27 closed, enemy fire intensified, halting then pinning them down. Artillery fire failed to suppress the NVA fire. Ontos M50 tracked vehicles were deployed to assist the beleaguered battalion. The Marines continued to return fire and regroup, trying to rescue pinned down elements. At 2:07 PM, a landing zone was established, and casualties were medivacked. When all companies were finally able to withdraw, 26 Marines were dead and 37 wounded with a reported 62 enemy killed. The following day, Easter Sunday, the Marines retrieved their dead, bringing them out in ponchos. They were amazed at the enemy's battlefield discipline, noting the NVA had gathered up all their spent cartridges from the trench where they had fought for five hours. Despite reporting dozens of dead, the Marines found only two enemy bodies. The lost U.S. personnel included: (from A-1/27) SSGT Glennis R. Kellams (posthumously awarded the Silver Star), CPL Kenneth M. Watson, LCPL Richard L. Embrey, LCPL Stephen J. Hinds, PFC Raymond Armstrong, PFC Frank W. Atherton, PFC Robert C. Healey Jr., PFC Kenneth L. Hinnant, PFC Larry C. Hopper, PFC Jerry A. Snipes; (from B-1/27) 2LT Alan A. Kettner, CPL James E. Hodge, LCPL Terry L. Fuhrman, (died of wounds 04/14/1968), LCPL Alfred V. Whitmer, PFC Roger A. Boomsma, PFC Douglas L. Long Jr., PFC Barry D. Lord, PFC Paul L. Whitthorne Jr., PFC William W. Wilson, PVT Ray T. Comfort; (from C-1/27) CPL Joseph C. Reid, PFC Donald L. Mansfield, and PFC William G. Parker; (from H&S-1/27) SSGT Fred J. Hayes (posthumously awarded the Silver Star); and Navy corpsmen HN3 Robert L. Dodsworth and HN Richard E. Cawley. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, virtualwall.org, and “U.S. Marines in Vietnam: The Defining Year, 1968” by Shulimson, Blasiol, Smith, and Dawson]
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POSTED ON 5.18.2023
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Valiant Service Sailor.

May those who served never be forgotten. Rest in peace HN. Cawley, I salute your brave soul. My heart goes out to you and your family. Thank You "Doc"! From a Coast Guard vet.
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POSTED ON 5.3.2022
POSTED BY: ANON

75

Never forgotten.

Semper Fi, Doc
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POSTED ON 1.21.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. As long as you are remembered you will remain in our hearts forever....
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POSTED ON 6.2.2021
POSTED BY: James E Cawley

Proud of my youngest brother

Navy medic serving marines in combat
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