WO1 Richard "Rich" W. Geraghty was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 11/06/2004 at the age of 61.9
Houston, TX
Flight Class 67-5
Date of Birth 12/22/1942
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 175 AHC in 67-69, HHT/7/17 CAV in 71-72
Call signs in Vietnam MAVERICK 1, RUTHLESS 2
This information was provided by Stu Geraghty (brother)

More detail on this person: I was doing a search for family history a while back and came across my brother's picture on the Outlaw/Maverick site, Rich Geraghty. He and I discussed the site two weeks ago when we were together for our father's funeral. Just as mentioned in the picture caption he was the collected one and was able to get up in front of 100+ friends and family and tell stories for the rest of us that were too broken up to talk.

I wanted to let you know that Rich passed away Saturday (11-6-04) and there are services this coming week in Houston, TX. I don't have any details as of yet but thought you and JR possibly would want to know. I have tried several e-mails for JR and they have been returned.

If you, JR, or any others have an interest in coming to Houston let me know and I can get you more info. It looks like services will be on Friday November 12th, ironically the day after Veterans Day.

From: Stu Geraghty

Richard Geraghty, 61, passed away Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004. He was born in Sebring, Florida Dec. 22, 1942. Rich served 10 years in the US Army and attained the rank of Major. He also served 2 tours in Viet Nam from 1967-1969 as a Huey Helicopter pilot and a Battalion Staff Officer in charge of training new pilots in Viet Nam. After his tours in Viet Nam he was a Flight Commander for Instrument student training at Hunter Army Air Force Base.

Rich was awarded the Silver Star, DFC, Bronze Star 2 Cluster, Air Medal 25/51 Cluster, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, National Defense, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Unit Citation Award, and Senior Aviator Badge. He was honorably discharged in 1974.

Rich was employed by Galtex Hotel Corp. of Galveston, TX as a General Manager of several properties to include Moody Gardens, South Shore Harbor Country Club and the Hilton Hotel at Hobby Airport.

Rich recently purchased a parcel of land, which the family named the Lazy G. He spent many weekends with his son-in-law and grandsons, Hunter and Fisher, riding four wheelers, hunting, fishing and telling stories by the camp fire. If you asked him, he would have told you these were the best days of his life.

Rich was preceded in death by his loving father, Jerry Geraghty on Oct. 21, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; three children: son, Michael and wife Rebecca; daughters, Michelle and husband Mike, and Deanna; and the love of his life grand children, Hunter and Fisher; his mother, Phyllis; brothers, Ron (his twin), Mark, Gerald (Stu), and Kevin; and sister, Gayle.

Rich will be remembered for his silent strength, his quiet humility and his compassion. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends and loved forever. May God bless.

Services will be held, Friday, Nov. 12 at St. Edward Catholic Church, 2601 Spring Stuebner Rd., Spring TX at 11:00 am (phone # 281 353 9774); followed by Military service at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial, Houston TX.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Richard Geraghty to St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Office of Healthcare Philanthrophy, 6620 Main St. Ste 1410, Houston TX 77030.

Arrangements entrusted to Veterans Funeral Services, 10567 Veterans Memorial, Houston TX 77038 (281) 272-9900

From: Jim Spiers

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