Roy Lee RichardsonFirst Lieutenant
A CO, 2ND BN, 502ND INFANTRY, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
25 August 1944 - 09 May 1970
Salt Lake City, Utah
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The database page for Roy Lee Richardson
1st Lt Richardson,
You were a special leader and cared deeply about all your men. You were the best. You were so dedicated you laid down your life for your platoon and those severely wounded on May 9th 1970, during an ambush. Your pointman and slack man were down, and you went forward under intense fire to bring them to safety. No man ever can do better than to sacrifice himself for his men. You died a hero's death, and were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for your actions.
You will never be forgotten by those who served with you in Vietnam.
Humbly and Respectfully,
29 Apr 2005
I was a classmate with Roy in Infantry OCS at Fort Benning. During our six months together I got to know him pretty well. Even at the worst of times when the stress was being applied to 'mold' us into officers Roy's quiet demeanor and human kindness always was a presence amoung the men in the platoon.
Roy was very devout in his religion, in contrast to the majority of us; yet he was a welcome member of any rotten detail or task we were assigned. In the midst of the bitching and moaning, his steadfast refusal to get mad or swear or lose his patientce was amazing. He willingly shouldered his share of the load as well as anyone else's he could carry.
I remember his staying in the barracks during Christmas break as he did not have the money to fly home to Salt Lake for such a short visit. In the most humble way he asked to share my 'illegal' transistor radio with the other fellows staying back, assuming responsibility for its remaining hidden from the cadre.
I heard of his death while I was out in the field as a Platoon Leader in the 173rd, and it stunned me deeply.
Years later I was at Fort Campbell and visited Richardson Hall, the BOQ, named in his honor. I had to leave as tears came to me, seeing his portrait on the wall.
Roy's memory, and that of his kindness and humility have been a part of my memories for many a year now. Sometimes when I feel my ego getting a bit large for the situation I find comfort in wondering what Roy would say.
Thanks, Roy, you will not be forgotten...
From an OCS Classmate,
I am Lee's niece, Amy, daughter of his brother LeGrand Richardson. All of my life I have heard stories of my Uncle Lee and what a great man he was. I can't wait to meet him! This article was written about him in the Salt Lake Tribune.
From his niece.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 8 Apr 2005
Last updated 04/01/2007