Arruda, Richard Hathaway, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
0341-Mortar Man
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 0341, L Co, 3rd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (3/5)
Service Years
1968 - 1968

Private 1st Class

 
 

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 Personal Details 

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1948
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wareham
Last Address
Wareham

Casualty Date
Sep 12, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Centre Cemetery - Wareham, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
44W 034

 Official Badges 

French Fourragere


 Unofficial Badges 


 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]

 Photo Album   (More...


 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Expert

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1967, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
3rd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (3/5), 5th Marine Regiment
  1968-1968, 0341, L Co, 3rd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (3/5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)/Operation Mameluke Thrust
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)/Operation Sussex Bay
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

5 KM NORTH OF AN HOA AFLD 19680912
UTM grid reference is AT873523



RICHARD HATHAWAY ARRUDA

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WAREHAM – The three photographs and one portrait reflect the unbridled potential of youth and the mournful lamentations of unfulfilled promise. From a troubled time in American history, they are a constant reminder of the horrendous costs of war and political miscalculations, not to mention the frailty of human life. PFC Carlos Rose, Lt James Crowley, PFC Richard Arruda and Ronald Bumpus left Wareham decades ago as vibrant, hopeful and patriotic young men, but returned home silent and in coffins. By all accounts, they were eager to confront the countless challenges of life, never knowing those opportunities would be denied to them eternally. They served their country bravely and faithfully, foregoing the marshes and coastline of Massachusetts for the jungles and rice paddies of Southeast Asia. They likely dreamed of love, of family, of prosperity, but were instead frozen in time, with their perpetually youthful faces beaming as had been portrayed long ago. Gone, but certainly not forgotten, especially by the Dudley L. Brown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2846 of Onset. On Saturday, March 28, Post 2846 hosted the sixth annual Vietnam Veterans Day program and brunch at its Gibbs Ball Park Road facility, a tribute to those who served the nation during the Vietnam War and especially to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their devotion. While the event is officially named in Rose’s memory, it is a fitting remembrance of the contributions also made by Crowley, Arruda and Bumpus and the 58,000 other American warriors who likewise ventured to Vietnam and never grew old. Saturday’s event produced a large turnout and was highlighted by the appearances of family members of the four fallen Wareham servicemen and addresses by two invited guests. Keynote speaker John J. Sbrega, a highly decorated Air Force pilot in Vietnam who has served as president of Fall River-based Bristol Community College for the past 15 years, shared his recollections of the war in a brief and light oration. “It was very rewarding work and I don’t regret any moment I spent there,” Sbrega said. “I was honored to serve my country and I am honored to be here today as a comrade-in-arms.” Rodney Preston Hunt, a Wareham High School graduate of 1966 and Vietnam War veteran, urged all in attendance to respect the efforts of veterans of all wars. Relating his experiences in Southeast Asia, Hunt summarized the sentiments of many when he said: “The war was not a popular one at home, but we were ordered into action and we did what we were set out to do.” James Bruce of Wareham, also a Vietnam War veteran, recited an official proclamation from President Barack Obama, declaring Sunday as Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day. Bruce was noticeably affected by the proclamation, pausing a few times to collect himself before completing the task.
 

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Comments/Citation
Service number 2422411
Tour start date 07/20/1968
   
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