Richard Ralph KuceraLance Corporal
H CO, 2ND BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
28 March 1947 - 07 December 1967
Panel 31E Line 059
Photo courtesy of "Sam" Miller
The database page for Richard Ralph Kucera
Although time passes and friends pass
From a friend,
December 7, 2005
My dear precious Richard. It was on this day 38 years ago today that you were taken away from me. So many years ago, yet it just seems like yesterday. You will always have a place in my heart. I miss you so very much. The Lewistown News Argus had a special edition on Veterans Day that listed all the local military people. I saw your name and picture in there and I was surprised to see this picture that I had put on this Virtual Wall of you in the newspaper article. I wonder if they copied off the Virtual Wall or if someone else has this same picture. Because of this Virtual Wall, I have been in touch with several of your old Marine Buddies. That makes me feel closer to you. I love you.
December 7, 2006
Today is the 39th year since you left this world and made it a sadder place to be. I miss you so very much. I always think about you on this day and know that you are in a better place.
I love you.
29 Mar 2007
My dear precious Richard. Today is your birthday and you would have been sixty. I miss you so very much and I want to share this poem with you, written by a fellow Vietnam vet.
My love always,
07 Dec 2007
It is just me again writing to let you know how very much I miss you. It always seems to help me get through this day if I write you a message. When I was in Lewistown, Montana in September, I took some flowers to your grave and cried my heart out. Tears stream down my face as I write this. How can it be so many years since you left this world and I still miss you this much? I love you. Hugs, Ms. Sam
From a friend,
Ms. Sam (Margaret) Miller
I was Richard's squad leader and I have his picture right in front of me now. I remember him as a well disciplined Marine who was always ready to go and get the job done. He had so much energy and drive and I could always depend on him. He was quiet at first when he was assigned to my squad but became a good close friend to us all later. His death bothered me a lot when I first heard about it.
I left Vietnam on my back in a jet medevac plane after receiving multiple shrapnel wounds from a mortar explosion on July 6, 1967. I still feel the pain to this day and am always reminded of Vietnam.
We were always in dangerous situations so the reality of not making it back was always with us all. We just didn't kink about it.
Richard, I bid you farewell and I love you like a brother. I guess I was meant to live and you to die but I will join you in the future and we'll be happy together again.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 31 Jan 2002
Last updated 03/30/2008