Richard Sharon Pohl

Army of the United States
15 December 1925 - 24 June 1968
Dayton, OH
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101 ABN DIV Artillery

The database page for Richard Sharon Pohl

"He died so that others may be free."

Pohl Bridge


"In memory of
Colonel Richard S Pohl
Division Artillery 101st Airborne Div
Killed 24 June 1968
At Fire Support Base Bastogne
He Died So That Others May Be Free"

I took this photo of a commemorative stone that marked a bridge over the Perfume River.

Although I did not know him, I would love to get in touch with Colonel Pohl's family or his comrades who placed this memorial stone to send them a photo and tell them more about the stone.

Steven Boswell

A note from The Virtual Wall

Three men were killed, and three survived, in the crash of a UH-1D (tail number 66-16477) assigned to HHC 101st Aviation Battalion. The aircraft had just lifted off when it suffered an engine failure at approximately 100 feet. The pilot attempted to autorotate to a safe landing but impacted trees, crashed, and burned.

The six men aboard were

  • CPT R L Baker, pilot, HHC 101 Avn Bn (survived)
  • WO R J Kusterman, copilot, HHC 101 Avn Bn (survived)
  • SP4 L L Pfefferm, crew chief, HHC 101 Avn Bn (survived)
  • SP5 W E Bader, gunner, HHC 101 Avn Bn (died)
  • COL R S Pohl, HHB Div Arty, 101 Abn Div (died)
  • SMAJ L J Browning, HHB Div Arty, 101 Abn Div (died)

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