Richard David KalerLance Corporal
H CO, 2ND BN, 4TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
13 October 1943 - 23 July 1966
Patchogue, New York
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I knew Richie Kaler, as my family rented an apartment upstairs at his mother's house. I was about 5 years younger than him, and oh did I have a crush on him. He was the greatest guy you could ever meet. He wanted to be a Marine, and His Mom was upset about that. But he wanted to defend his country. His heart was as big as the world, there wasn't anything that he wouldn't do for anyone. I remember when they told his Mom Ruth that he was killed, we were all so devastated,and I still to this day constantly think about him. I really miss his great smile. His Mom has since passed away and I know that she is finally with him again.
God Bless You, Richie.
From a friend,
The photo and following article is taken from New York Newsday, (Long Island edition).
SEMPER FIDELIS, MARINE!
From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
The point man whose body LCpl Kaler recovered on 21 July was Pfc David L. Gamble of Rome, Ohio.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 25 Jun 2006
Last updated 07/02/2006