Richard Clark Abbate

United States Marine Corps
28 May 1947 - 18 May 1968
Elmwood Park, Illinois
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Richard Clark Abbate

25 Dec 1998

Although we never met I know you are my guardian angel and have been looking out for me these past 30 years. I have felt you with me always and am proud to say my Daddy is a hero. I tell my two girls about their Grandpa and what a great man he must have been.

Thank you for giving your life for your country and for the freedom we take so much for granted. They never found that picture of me Mom sent when they recovered your belongings so I know you must have taken it with you to Heaven.

I love you Daddy!
Lisa Marie

[Lisa was three weeks old when her Dad died.]

10 Jan 2003

I want to add for all those others who gave their lives,
"You are all heros."

Thank you to all the men and women who served and continue to serve today.

Lisa Marie

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In May 1968 the Marines staged a major offensive on Go Noi Island, which was formed by the confluence of several rivers and which had been a VC/NVA bastion for years. While the enemy's infrastructure in the area was destroyed, 52 Marines were killed in the action. Corporal Richard Abbate was one of six Marines from Mike Company, 3/27th Marines, lost on 18 May 1968:
  • 2ndLt Thomas J. Weiss, Havertown, PA
  • Cpl Richard C. Abbate, Elmwood Park, IL
  • LCpl Donald B. Jones, Lynwood, CA
  • Pfc David M. Blanchard, Glendale, OR
  • Pfc Thomas L. Hubbard, Fort White, FL
  • Pfc Eugene K. Lupe, Green Bay, WI

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his daughter,
Lisa Marie Reed 
25 Dec 1998

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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