Charles Richard Kier

Private First Class
Army of the United States
11 July 1946 - 27 December 1965
Mound Valley, Kansas
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

Richard Kier

The database page for Charles Richard Kier

12 Nov 2001

You said goodbye much too soon
Although you really didn't want to.
Life is such a precious gift,
Given and taken at an unknown time.
Your life ended so early in your youth.
The joy you gave with your caring ways
Will forever be remembered by your
Family and friends.

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Dedicated to Charles Richard Kier
From your hometown of Mound Valley, Kansas, and
From your classmates at LCHS, Altamont, Kansas, Class of 1964

A memorial initiated by a friend.

13 May 2004

Richard Kier

Photos courtesy of Richard's wife,
Konnie Kier Lewis

19 May 2004

He was a very nice man, he loved us all and we all loved him, he died at a young age serving our country! We miss him and we STILL have him in our hearts and in our memories! I will pray for him!

Love from his granddaughter.

6 Jan 2005

He was very loved by his family - definitely by his mother, Betty Kier. She talks about him a lot! He was very nice to her!!! He definitely has the "Kier Ears", she says!!!!

From his granddaughter,
Tracy Carmicle

Notes from The Virtual Wall

Although the 3rd and 4th Marine Regiments were the first major American ground forces to arrive in Vietnam, the 173rd Airborne Brigade wasn't far behind, arriving at Bien Hoa in mid-May 1965. The "Sky Soldiers" promptly took the fight to the enemy and continued to do so for the next six years - but they paid a terrible price: over 1500 Sky Soldiers were killed in action or died of wounds received.

On 27 December 1965, C Company, 2/503rd Infantry, lost five men:

  • SP4 James C. Guillory, Los Angeles, CA
  • SP4 Stephen D. Jewett, East Andover, NH
  • PFC Charles R. Kier, Mound Valley, KS
  • PFC Paul C. Taylor, San Francisco, CA
  • PVT John J. Carlone, Chicago, IL
Charles Richard Kier, Private First Class, United States Army,
was buried on 10 January 1966 in Plot 2-0-1656,
Fort Scott National Cemetery,
Fort Scott, Kansas,
surrounded by other men of courage and integrity.

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Sky Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his wife,
Konnie Kier Lewis 
12 Nov 2001

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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