The database page for Richard Russell Buttry
I went to school several years with Rick. His family lived around the next block. I had a small crush on him as he was not only good looking but had such an easy going smile. He was very well liked. I was only 21 when I heard that Rick was never coming back. I thought I should go say something to his folks, but I didn't know what to say. I never knew anyone who had died. And so I let the opportunity go to tell his family that we too would miss him. Now, I am 58 years old and I still remember his smile. I think how horrible it was for our boys who had never been exposed to anything but happiness to have to go to war. And I know now too what it meant to freedom for him to give his life. Thank you, Rick, and I pray you rest in peace knowing "I Remember."
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallIn mid-November 1970 a recon team from the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion got in trouble while on patrol: their Corpsman broke his leg, necessitating that the team be extracted. Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263 was tasked with extracting them, a task that turned out to be impossible for two days.
On the third day, in CH-46D (BuNo 154837), the HMM-263 crew succeeded in picking up the eight-man team - but all fifteen men aboard the CH-46 died when it collided with a mountainside after the extraction. Three of the crewmen were from HMM-263, two from H&MS-16; the Commanding Officer of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion and his B Company Commander were aboard, as well as the extracted team.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 20 Sep 2007
Last updated 09/22/2007