Richard K Criswell


US Army Insignia

United States Army

CPL Insignia - Army


Fort Knox Armor ShieldFort Benning Follow Me Logo

501st Airborne Infantry Regiment Patch  501st Infantry Regiment Patch  101st Airborne Division Patch
"E" Company, 2nd Battalion
 501st Airborne Infantry Regiment
 101st Airborne Division



Army Airborne Basic Parachutist Badge
Combat Infantryman Badge

Bronze Star For Valor  Purple Heart  Army Good Conduct Medal  National  Defense Medal  Vietnam Service Medal

Vietnamese Gallantry Cross  Vietnamese Military Merit Medal  Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Fell August 10, 1968

Richard was born to Richard and Margaret Criswell on the 30th of October, 1948.  Born in Harrisburg, he spent his boyhood years in Hanover and Derry Townships.  He was active in the Cub Scouts andBoy Scouts of America.  He graduated from Central Dauphin High School with the Class of 1967.

He enlisted in the Army on the 27th of June, 1967.  He attended basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, advanced training at Fort Gordon, Georgia and Airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia.  He then received orders and reported to Vietnam on the 15th of February, 1968.  There he was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 501st Airborne Infantry Regiment,101st Airborne Division.  On the day that he fell, he was the point man of the reconnaissance platoon of his company.  As he advanced to within 30 yards of an enemy camp, he spotted an ambush.  He fired and alerted his fellow patrol members.  In the ensuing fight he received mortal wounds as he shielded two buddies from a near-by rocket propelled grenade explosion.

The United States government awarded him two Bronze Stars for valor, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal the Vietnam Service Medal and Parachutists Wings.  The Vietnam government awarded him the Cross of Gallantry, the Military Merit Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Richard was interred at Woodland Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg.  Besides his parents, he was survived by a sister, Elaine; and brothers, Thomas, Steven and David.

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