Richard Gary Buccille

Specialist Four
E CO (LRP), 20TH INF RGT, 173 ABN BDE
Army of the United States
02 August 1947 - 20 December 1969
Pittsburgh, PA
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173 ABN BDE 20TH INF RGT
Army Ranger

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

Airborne!
Richard G Buccille

The database page for Richard Gary Buccille

SP4 Richard Buccille, US Army, KIA December 20, 1969, RVN.

My friend Ricky was killed in action in Vietnam. He was in Vietnam because he chose to serve his country, putting the interests of his nation before interests of his own. You see, Ricky didnít have to be in Vietnam. Ricky didnít have to be in the Army. Ricky was a smart kid with a scholarship to play football in college. And Ricky was very good at football. And Ricky went to college and Ricky played football. He could have said it wasnít his war. He could have said he had a future and hid behind that. He could have done a lot of things. But he didnít. He quit school and enlisted in the Army and went to Vietnam.

Because it was the right thing to do.

I wish I could see Ricky playing for the Steelers this weekend and cheer like a idiot and watch the little locomotive plow his way through the defense and say "I knew him when...". I wish I could run into him in the Giant Eagle or at the VFW. But I canít. All I can say is Ricky Buccille was my friend and I miss him and Iím very proud to have known a man of his stature.

SEMPER FIDELIS

George W. Jessop III,
USMC, RVN 1966-1967



Virtual Wall Note

E Company, 20th Infantry, was the 173rd Airborne Brigade's long-range reconnaissance outfit. The E Company soldiers operated in anything from 4-man recon teams to platoon-sized recon-in-force teams.


The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
George W. Jessop III, USMC (Ret)
georgejessop@hotmail.com 
22 Dec 2002



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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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