Richard Alfred GwinnFirst Lieutenant
A CO, 1ST BN, 508TH INF RGT (ABN), 82 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
24 December 1947 - 26 September 1969
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The database page for Richard Alfred Gwinn
Thank you for your service to your country and your friendship and leadership to your fellow platoon brothers. Every time I see the flag or hear the Nation Anthem, I see your face. You live on in my heart!
13 Jul 2004
As I grow older I know my time is coming soon. Your death was not in vain. It's made me take a closer look at my life and be thankful for so many of the wonderful gifts that God gave. I got to have a wife, son, daughter, and now three grandkids, all who have stood with me though the trials and tribulations of my life. Every time I see your face in my heart it reminds me that traffic jams are not so bad after all. Losing a job or having my credit rating fall isn't the end of the world! You see I GOT TO LIVE A LIFE IN AMERICA. So it's still my responsiblity to be a better husband, dad, grandfather and friend. You have reminded me NOT TO WASTE MY LIFE! I say your name often. Your memories will live on with me till I see you in heaven. I also thank God for giving me a second chance to live.
Thank You Jesus for helping me understand that I could live a full life in peace!
From LT Alfred Gwinn's RTO,
I was a classmate of Richard's at North Georgia College. Richard was the smartest guy I ever met. He had graduate schools calling him with assistantship offers. He was a great guy with a mischievous sense of humour. I still think it was such a waste for him to go like he did but I, in no way, mean to disrespect him or the others who served in that war.
I think he had a child with Sheila. I sometimes wonder how he/she turned out.
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 4th Platoon, Alpha 1/508, lost two men on 26 September 1969 in an engagement 5 kilometers south of Duc Hoa - 1LT Richard A. Gwinn and Cpl Eric Allen Ream.
North Georgia College is "The Military College of Georgia," a Senior Military College.
Neither as large nor as well known as some of the Senior Military Colleges (The Citadel, VMI, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, and Norwich) The Military College of Georgia has provided commissioned officers to the Armed Forces since the 1870s.
The twenty-seven members of North Georgia's Corps of Cadets who died in Vietnam are remembered by a memorial stone on the campus. Similar stones remember the men who died in the World Wars, Korea, and more recently in the Middle East.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 Sep 2003
Last updated 09/10/2007