Richard Dennis Kaminski

Private First Class
A CO, 1ST BN, 8TH INF RGT, 4 INF DIV
Army Of The United States
17 July 1945 - 22 March 1967
Lincoln Park, MI
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4 INF DIV

8TH INF RGT
Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Richard Dennis Kaminski

28 February 2001

I knew Richard back in 1966 when he was engaged to be married to my sister, Cindy Affholter. He was a great guy with a sense of humor. He had the most beautiful waterfall pompador hairdo. He called me "rolly poly Pat".

Patricia Affholter Leo
fpleo@iname.com

28 July 2001

Most of the men in Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, had been together since Basic Training at Fort Lewis, Washington; all were friends. They were the best friends and soldiers I ever knew.

On 22 March 1967, Alpha 1/8 was ambushed by a North Vietnamese Battalion near Polei Duc in the Valley of Tears (the Plei Trap Valley). No-one shirked his duty or lost his nerve, and the bravery they showed was beyond belief - a Medal of Honor, two DSC's, seven Silver Stars, and many Bronze Stars were earned that day, but we lost friends and brothers.

The men who died that day in the Battle at Polei Duc will be remembered by those who didn't until we eventually rejoin them.

A memorial from his Comrade-in-arms,
John Nelson
pointman@penn.com



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A memorial from his Fiancee's sister,
Patricia Affholter Leo
fpleo@iname.com 
8 Feb 2001

Updated to include his Comrade-in-arms,
John Nelson
pointman@penn.com
28 July 2001



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