Richard Lee ZodyPrivate First Class
D CO, 3RD BN, 8TH INF RGT, 4 INF DIV
Army of the United States
22 September 1946 - 11 May 1969
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Private Zody, Sir:
I was in the second grade at Mountain View Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona, at the time we received word of your sacrifice. Your Mother was my First-Grade teacher. (We only knew her as "Mrs. Zody", I don't know her first name). It's been so many years since then, yet your name has never left my mind nor has your Mother's. We all made cards for her but within a year of the terrible news regarding you she drifted out of sight and not quite out of mind. I was at the Wall yesterday and was amazed to find your name. Of course I was sad. Yet elated too. I REMEMBERED YOU!!!! And Your Mother!
The information I obtained told me you had been killed by small arms fire in a place called Kontum, South Vietnam, in a hostile action on the eleventh of May, 1969.
I took a rubbing of your name and I cherish it. I cherished your Mother too (After all, she was my First-Grade Teacher). We flew a flag from the White House over Mtn. View Elementary School and it rained that day. Rained hard. I imagine not only were your Mother's tears raining hard on that grey day, but we kids were crying for you too....
I'm now an Ex Staff-Sergeant, honorably discharged, and I need you to know I think of you and "Mrs. Zody" from time to time and I cried when I found your name.
God Bless You, Sir! AND OF COURSE your Mother too!
Richard ... hello there, brother. My name is Michael Boxer and I served with you in D Company 3/8th 4th Infantry Division from October 1968 thru October 1969.
I received an email from Ami Heisler whose father served with you and you were his best friend, asking me for information if I knew anything about you. I have forwarded her email to our brothers whom I have been in contact with hoping possibly one of them has some information for Ami.
I am sorry to say that I do not remember you, since it was many years ago. Maybe information from our brothers may assist me also in remembering you. Forgive me it has been so many years. May you rest in peace.
Ami's request to me was as follows:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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