Friday, December 08, 2006

+Major David J. Richtsteig, USMC, 9 May 1942 - 8 December 1965

Today is the 41st Anniversary of my dad's death. Dad was born in American Fork, Utah and grew up in Cedar City, Utah. He attended the University of Utah and graduated in 1964 with a degree in accounting. He joined the Marine Corp. He received his commission through OCS. Originally, he was to have been posted to Hawaii, but was instead shipped to Vietnam in May 1965. He was an artillery officer and headed a forward observer detachment. He was killed in combat in Operation Harvest Moon when the South Vietnamese Ranger Battalion he was attached to were overrun by the Viet Cong. Only one of dad's men survived. The other two were found the next year in a mass grave with executed South Vietnamese civilians. Dad's body was recovered in 1974.

I love you, Dad. I am proud of your service to our country and to the people of Vietnam.
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