Richard Edward Mishuk

Staff Sergeant
United States Marine Corps
11 July 1945 - 23 April 1975
St Paul, Minnesota
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Richard E Mishuk

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Richard Edward Mishuk

16 Nov 2004

Richard E. Mishuk -

I recently received your sterling silver bracelet through a friend's father's friend who for Veteran's day went down to Washington D.C. He knew my love for my bracelet for Michael J. Pastva and how much I love the cause. Although I have had my other bracelet for much longer, I still am giving a piece of my heart to you.

I feel a little sad that no one else has remembered you, but me. Although, I am hoping by being the first that others will now reply and post you a memorial as well.

Thank you for serving our country, and wherever you are I hope you are comfortable and safe.

Dianna Elphick

I would love to know more and feel closer to Richard Mishuk, and would like to hear from anyone who knew him, has information about him, has photos of him.

21 Dec 2006

Several years ago I purchased two POW/MIA bracelets - those of Michael Burke and Leonard Lewandowski. I wanted to purchase Richard's as well but have been unable to locate one. Today I am honoring and remembering Richard Mishuk by adding his profile and service details to, a place for Marines to reconnect with other Marines and tell their stories. Marine, you are not forgotten.

From a Marine brother,
Corporal Jason Allen McMillon
USMC Veteran

27 May 2007

I received a POW-ID bracelet of SSGT Richard E. Mishuk 2 years ago from Summer Twister (a rally sponsored by the Vietnam Vets in Wisconsin). I wanted to see if there was any relative or friend who would like the bracelet. I wear it every day to show that I am grateful for what men and women have done to protect our nation, but if it can go to someone who needs closure or just to help them I will send it to them. If you are looking for this as a family member or friend please contact me at Thanks again to all of those who have served and continue to serve our great nation.

Michael Turowski

Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 19 Oct 1966, Delta 1/4 Marines were on a brief R&R break before heading out for a patrol. They were located in a Regimental area near the mouth of the Cua Viet River in Quang Tri Province, about 7 miles south of the DMZ. In mid-morning, Pfc Richard E. Mishuk and LCpl Michael J. Burke asked for and received permission to go swimming in the river. Shortly thereafter they were joined by a third Marine, Pfc Leonard J. Lewandowski. When the three Marines did not return for lunch, LCpl Ronald A. Rihaly took a look for them and spotted three men - dressed as Burke, Mishuk, and Lewandowski had been dressed - playing with a dog near a landing craft.

About three hours after the men had gone for swim call, it was noted that they could no longer be seen and that they were not in the company area. By 1400 informal search efforts had extended along the north bank of the river, and at 1530 LCPL Rihaly reported to his Company Commander that the three were missing. A search party was sent to the south bank and an O-1 Bird Dog aircraft launched for an aerial search. The three men were not located by nightfall.

Formal search and rescue operations were begun at daybreak on 20 October, with several O-1s and ground search parties involved. The searchers were unable to locate the men or any local villagers who had seen them. Formal search efforts were terminated on 22 October and Burke, Mishuk, and Lewandowski declared Missing in Action.

There were two obvious possibilities - that the three drowned in the Cua Viet River and were carried out to sea, or that they had been captured or killed by local Viet Cong forces (the area was not totally secure). No evidence was found to support either possibility; the three men had simply disappeared.

On 23 April 1975 the Secretary of the Navy approved a Presumptive Finding of Death for Richard Mishuk. The remains of the three men have not been recovered.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 20 Nov 2004
Last updated 08/10/2009