Richard Le Otis Mayes

United States Marine Corps
19 May 1945 - 28 March 1966
Sidney, Montana
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Purple Heart (2 Awards), National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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21 Sep 2001

Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1/7 was supposed to land on 13 August 1965 but our mail address was "Marine 13" and the Colonel would not land a "Marine 13" on Friday the 13th so we went ashore on 14 August. Our designation was changed from BLT 1/7 to 1st Bn, 7th Marines, 4th Brigade, but we were then assigned to the 3rd Marine Division.


He was one of eleven Charlie 1/7 Marines killed in action during
Operation INDIANA.

A memorial from a fellow 1/7 Marine,
who wishes to remain anonymous.
E-mail address is not available.

10 Nov 2004

Uncle Richard,

It has been 38 years since I last saw you. I was 9 years old and I will always remember you as a strong, kind, good looking man. It was a thrill to have you visit and you always picked me up and twirled me over your head and gave me a big bear hug. The day you died was the first tragedy in my life. When our pastor pulled into our driveway, my mother, your sister, fell to the floor sobbing. We knew what his visit was for. They gave us your Purple Heart and I remember staring at it and thinking "This is all that is left of you that we could hold". There has never been a time when you have not been remembered in my heart. I respect that you gave your life so we could have freedom. You will always be missed.

With love ...

From his niece,
Cindy Lovaas McManus

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On arrival of the 1st Marine Division, the 7th Marines were reassigned to 1st MarDiv.

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