More detail on this person: He was involved with the detonation of the mines in Hyfong harbor
after the peace accord by dragging some sort of pole in the water behind his helicopter. He did not
fly a Huey but the one with the twin front and back blades. CH-46. I am uncertain if he served two
tours or just one that overlapped the end. I know that he did fly combat missions. He mentioned
picking up Marines or soldiers under fire, the Marine firing his weapon and ducking behind the wall
of the chopper, not realizing the think aluminum skin was not any real protection.
Richie died of a complications, primarily pneumonia, from a stroke 11/14/1990. He had been in coma for almost a month(?) following his stroke. I am sorry to be so fuzzy but it was not a pleasant time. Richie was one of my business partners in a Life Insurance General agency, and my closet friend as an adult. The www.findagrave.com site shows his headstone at Oak Hill in Janesville, WI.
Wife Linda, son David, daugher Deena.
From: William H Wells
Burial information: Oak Hill Cemetery, Janesville, WI
This information was last updated 03/28/2018
Please send additions or corrections to: HQ@vhpa.org VHPA Headquarters
Return to the Helicopter Pilot DAT name list
Return to VHPA web site
Date posted on this site: 03/05/2019
Copyright © 1998 - 2019 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association