Richard Allen Huffman

Private First Class
M CO, 3RD BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
04 November 1949 - 09 May 1968
Troutville, Pennsylvania
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1ST MARDIV

5TH MARINES
Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Richard Allen Huffman

16 Nov 2000

Not forgotten by friends and family

A memorial from
Larry and Bonnie Wintersteller
lwintersteller@aol.com

A Note from The Virtual Wall

OPERATION HOUSTON II was the name given to the 3/5 Marines' assignment to maintain road security on Highway 1 between Danang and Hue/Phu Bai to the north. Highway 1 passes through the Hai Van Pass massif (Hill 1192) immediately north of Danang before continuing through the coastal flatlands north to Hue.

HOUSTON II ran from 01 through 17 May 1968. During that period, 3/5 lost 18 men, 17 in combat and one to accident. The majority of the losses occurred on 08/10 May, when Mike 3/5 came across an NVA training camp hidden in the hills of the Hai Van massif. Surrounded and cut off, Mike 3/5 literally fought for its life and won, but not without heavy losses:

  • GySgt Lawrence Harville, Princewick, WV (Silver Star)
  • LCpl Dale C. Andrews, Pontiac, MI
  • LCpl Timothy G. Fitzmaurice, Chicago, IL
  • LCpl Ronald J. Markel, Waldron, MI
  • LCpl William D. Trent, East Peoria, IL (Navy Cross)
  • HN Harry T. Bowman, Wood Ridge, NJ (Silver Star)
  • Pfc Sam Cole, San Francisco, CA
  • Pfc Richard A. Huffman, Troutville, PA
  • Pfc Michael M. Micunek, Detroit, MI
  • Pfc Richard M. Seng, Allentown, PA
  • Pfc Randolph J. Sterns, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Pfc Jerry Whitaker, Camden, SC


The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his friends,
Larry and Bonnie Wintersteller
lwintersteller@aol.com 
16 Nov 2000



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