Richard Franklyn LeaseSpecialist Four
B CO, 1ST BN, 8TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
09 March 1942 - 22 May 1966
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Sp4 Richard Lease, I know of you only because you were in Gerry's Platoon. I will learn about you I promise, as you are not just a name on the Wall but a person, a child. I have a daughter who is approaching your age, I could not fathom the pain of losing her, and my heart goes out to your family.
I want to thank you for your courage to defend the future for myself and my family, Mr Lease. I am teaching my youngest daughter of all you brave men, so that you will live in the hearts of future Americans. Your sacrifice was a noble one, yet that does not lessen the pain of your loss. I will live my life with your name in my mind and your actions in my heart. The Lord welcomed you into his kingdom that day, and you are missed here on earth. Thank you.
"HONOR AND COURAGE"
In Gerry Metcalf's memory,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 8th Cavalry fought two bitter engagements in the Vinh Thanh Valley in May 1966. On 17 May the 2nd Battalion lost 19 soldiers, and on the 22nd the 1st Battalion lost eleven more:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Jul 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009