Richard Vincent Knight, JrCaptain
C CO, 1ST BN, 46TH INFANTRY, 196 INF BDE
Army of the United States
04 September 1946 - 28 March 1971
Ormond Beach, Florida
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The database page for Richard Vincent Knight, Jr
You were my friend and I miss you still.
All I have to do is close my eyes and I can see your smile. I remember riding in your little white VW and the last time I saw you.
I read the book "Sapper In The Wire, Life and Death of Fire Base Maryann." It gave me a sense of the life you had in Nam.
Tomorrow will mark 30 years since you left this world. I will think of you and probably cry, again. Though time has passed the hurt is still just as sharp and real. I had hoped to find your family so I could talk to them but so far I have had no luck. Maybe one day they will read this and know that you were special to someone other than them.
Until we meet again, as you always said,
"Take care, I care."
A memorial from his friend,
Virginia and I miss you. It seem like yesterday we joined the Army together in Florida. We went off to war no matter what others felt.
When Virginia and I heard of your passing our hearts cried out for you and your family. Whether right or wrong we gave ourselves. When I lost you I not only lost a friend but a brother.
May God keep you by his side.
Joe Lee Sr
Richard Knight was commanding Company C, 1/46th Inf, 196th LIB, Americal Division, when he was killed in a sapper attack on FSB Mary Ann on March 28, 1971. I was a radio-telephone operator in the command platoon of Company B, 1/46th Inf, when CPT Knight spent a few days with us before he took command of Co C.
Although I only spent a short time around him I thought very highly of him. I remember sitting in our night laager and discussing a variety of topics with him. I know many veterans of Co C who have great respect and admiration for their fallen commander. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. May he rest in peace.
I was Dick's XO for about six months when he was assigned to a Mobile Advisory Team (MAT III-9) in 1969 and just recently learned that he was killed on his second tour in Vietnam. There was no finer man, nor finer combat officer in my mind.
If his family reads this, I do have some pictures of him taken in 1969 that I'd be glad to share.
America has never produced people better than Dick Knight.
RICHARD V KNIGHT
The finest officer I served with - he led, we followed. He was a charger. A group of us got together on March 28, 2005 to pay tribute to him and the other guys who gave their all. It's my belief that he's still leading and those guys are still following.
Sir Richard, we miss you and will never forget you. When the time comes I hope you're there to lead because I will follow.
God bless you.
From your CP Medic, Charlie Company,
Captain Knight also received the Bronze Star with "V" for Valor and another Bronze Star on his first tour in Vietnam. I have both the medals and the documents for these. Please add these to his medal set shown on line.
SP/4 Larry M. Pistole
13 May 2007
We have had another Mary Ann reunion at Fort Knox, Kentucky this year (2007) and your tape that you sent home was played before a group of veterans with tears in their eyes and yet you made them laugh with your funny ways. It was a good thing.
Lt. Dan Mack took the tape and is having it made into a disc with photos so everyone can have it and enyoy it in remembering you. I brought you a flag on Veteran's Day and another for Christmas this year along with one for LTC. Doyle. God Bless you, Sir. I hope to get to shake your hand once again in the future.
You are deeply missed at the reunions and thought about and talked about with great respect by all. I bring your medals and documents to the reunion every year and display them for the men to appreciate. We only wish you could have lived your life and be here with us at these reunions.
Then-PFC Larry M. Pistole
Larry M. Pistole
He was my father's brother. If you have any information or pictures please e-mail me.
From his nephew,
I served with Richard Knight at Fort Hood, Texas in late 1967 and early 1968. At that time we were in the 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry attached to the 2nd Armored Division for pre-deployment training. He was a platoon leader under the command of Captain McCarley. I was impressed with then Lt. Knight's enthusiasm, esprit de corps, and, for a young lieutenant, his profesionalism. He treated everyone, including the enlisted men, with dignity and respect. He was a leader that I would have followed anywhere. He was a fine man and I will always remember him.
From a brother in arms,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn the night of 27/28 March 1971 Fire Support Base (FSB) Mary Ann was occupied by 209 Americans from several units of the Americal Division:
The dead were
Mr. Pistole has provided documented information on Captain Knight's service:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 Mar 2001
Last updated 02/04/2011