Richard Bernard Jackson

Staff Sergeant
United States Marine Corps
16 February 1939 - 06 September 1967
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Purple Heart, USMC Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Richard Bernard Jackson

30 Sep 2002

The following article is taken from The Philadelphia Daily News, special supplement entitled 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' October 26, 1987.

Jackson's career in the Marine Corps began in 1958, two years after he graduated from high school. He served at various times as assistant brig warden, security guard, squad leader, medical corpsman and rifleman, and in Viet Nam was a platoon sergeant in Company I of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. The 28-year-old staff sergeant died in Quang Tin Province on September 6, 1967. He was survived by his wife and son.

The photograph was provided by his wife, Mrs. Mary Jackson.


From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
Jim McIlhenney

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Shortly before dawn on 04 Sep 1967 NVA and VC troops attacked US Marines in the Que Son Valley, beginning Operation Swift. As the battle escalated, both sides introduced additional forces. On 6 September two battalions of the 1st VC Regiment attacked the lead company of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. Bravo Company was isolated and nearly overrun before artillery-delivered tear gas drove the enemy back. The nearby 3rd Battalion was heavily engaged a few hours later. When India 3/5 was dispatched to attack an enemy held hill, it was isolated and nearly overrun by the 1st VC Regiment's previously uncommitted 3rd Battalion. Kilo 3/5 was sent to relieve India and, though it eventually fought through, the two-company force couldn't move because of the many casualties. That night, two assaults were repulsed. In a night attack of their own Mike 3/5 broke through to the encircled companies, completing the disruption of the enemy force. By dawn on the 7th the NVA/VC had withdrawn into the surrounding mountains.

The following men from India and Kilo 3/5 died in the fight for Hill 43:

  • I Co, 3rd Bn, 5th Marines
    • SSgt Richard B. Jackson, Philadelphia, PA
    • Cpl William R. France, Garfield Heights, OH
    • Cpl Dale A. Gunnell, Winston-Salem, NC
    • LCpl Harold S. Bern, Powers, OR
    • LCpl Richard W. Crawford, Wallkill, NY
    • LCpl Sam T. Curiel, Abilene, TX
    • LCpl Patrick Herron, Sugar Notch, PA
    • LCpl Joseph S. Hume, Hamilton, OH
    • LCpl Reginald A. Jordan, Philadelphia, PA
    • LCpl Michael L. Langerio, Hershey, PA
    • LCpl George S. Spak, Akron, OH
    • LCpl Gregory L. Yeager, St Paul, MN
    • Pfc Robert D. Evans, Grand Prairie, TX
    • Pfc Jerry H. Heizer, Staunton, VA
    • Pfc Gary E. Hibbard, Dimock, PA
    • Pfc James B. Miller, Fernandina Beach, FL
    • Pfc James T. Pepper, Elk River, MN
    • Pfc Lewis H. Proudfoot, Elverson, PA
    • Pfc Jerry C. Royal, Oklahoma City, OK
    • Pfc Robert W. Swafford, O'Fallon, MO
    • Pfc Frank L. Swinford, Sweeny, TX
    • Pfc Jerry L. Thomas, Sherman, TX
    • Pfc Ralph P. Villegas, San Pedro, CA
    • Pfc Robert C. Wallace, Plattsburgh, NY

  • K Co, 3rd Bn, 5th Marines
    • Sgt John T. Carota, Milton, MA
    • Cpl Reid C. Arnold, Largo, FL
    • Pfc James H. Rust, Malone, NY
    • Pfc Robert G. Willow, Johnsonburg, PA

Over all, one hundred seven Marines were dead. The intensity of the fighting can be judged by the fact that three Medals of Honor and three Navy Crosses were awarded posthumously to Marines and sailors who died in the battle.

  • Bravo 1/5: 21 dead
  • Delta 1/5: 27 dead
  • H&S 1/5: 8 dead
  • India 3/5: 25 dead
  • Kilo 3/5: 4 dead
  • Mike 3/5: 17 dead
  • H&S 3/5: 4 dead
  • HQ Co, 5th Marines: 1 dead
  • 2/11 Marines: 1 dead (arty FO)

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a native Philadelphian and Marine,
Jim McIlhenney
1 Oct 2002

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