Richard Dennis Randall

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
14 March 1947 - 03 December 1968
Natchez, Mississippi
Panel 37W Line 035

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Richard Dennis Randall

04 Jan 2001

Dennis Randall

In memory of my brother, the oldest of 8 children, 6 of them boys and 2 girls. He was my hero before he ever left for the war. Gentle and caring, I know that he was heart-broken to see the carnage that he had to see. I know he is in a far better place and look forward to the day that we will see him again. God bless all the guys who went and returned.

A loving sister

Dixie Sharbono
John Randall

26 Sep 2007

I am Staff Sergeant Brandt Lance, and I am from Newellton, Louisiana. I first heard about Dennis when I was just a young boy. My father, Roy Lance, apparently lived close to Dennis as a kid and became very good friends with him. My dad told me Dennis was killed in Vietnam and I have made it a personal mission to find out what happened on December 3rd 1968. I never had the chance to meet Dennis but have heard my father speak of him many times over the years. I was fortunate enough to get his name from the memorial wall and frame it for my dad. When I presented this to my father, he broke down into tears. This alone tells you what kind of person Dennis was. I regret I never got the chance to meet Dennis but as a soldier in the United States Army and a combat vet, I sincerely appreciate the sacrifice he made for his fellow soldiers. Dennis, may you rest in peace and thank you from the bottom of the Lance family's heart. And to the Randall family, thank you for bringing a true American heroe into this world. If my dad could speak to you now, I'm sure he would hug your neck, and say the same. Dennis made the ultimate sacrifice on Dec. 3rd, 1968 and for that we will forever owe a debt of gratitude.

If this somehow reaches the Randall family, my telephone number is (318) 282-0495, I would love to get to know you and I'm sure my dad would love to reconnect.

From a friend,
Brandt Lance
927 Wallace Road #927, West Monroe, La. 71291

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 03 Dec 1968 the 116 men of D Company, 2/7th Cavalry, made an air assault at Landing Zone Eleanor about 15 miles west-southwest of Phuoc Binh, where they were attacked by an enemy force estimated at 400 men or more. By the end of the five hour battle, there were 26 US dead and 50 or more others had been wounded.
  • A Btry, 1st Bn, 21st Artillery
    • 1LT Daniel J. Burdick, Richland, NY (F/O with Delta 2/7 Cav)

  • B Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Cavalry
    • PFC Fred J. Paul, Bound Brook, NJ
    • PFC Henry Szor, New York, NY
    • PVT Marion B. Hughes, Salisbury, MD

  • D Co, 2nd Bn, 7th Cavalry
    • SGT John N. Holcomb, Richland, OR (Medal of Honor)
    • SGT Terrance L. Mercke, Long Beach, CA
    • SGT Irwin N. Sokal, Flushing, NY
    • SP4 Edward A. Bell, Burbank, CA
    • SP4 James J. Bolson, Plainview, NY
    • SP4 Harvey W. Carter, Glen Burnie, MD
    • SP4 James B. Dillard, Cashiers, NC
    • SP4 Thomas A. Hower, Muskegon, MI
    • SP4 Webster B. Johnson, New York, NY
    • SP4 William J. McAtee, Hanna, WY
    • SP4 Steven V. Mershon, Harvey, IL
    • SP4 Richard D. Randall, Natchez, MS
    • PFC Micheal R. Baker, Oak Ridge, TN
    • PFC Joseph T. Bursis, Jersey City, NJ
    • PFC John C. Davidson, Penhook, VA
    • PFC William J. Davis, Como, MS
    • PFC Adolfo M. Estrada, Rio Piedras, PR
    • PFC Floyd Graham, New York, NY
    • PFC Benjamin Melvin, Roseboro, NC
    • PFC Dennis J. Russo, New York, NY

  • HHC, 2nd Bn, 7th Cavalry
    • SP4 Walter T. Bahl, Denver, CO (Dist Svc Cross)
    • PFC Danny J. Mawdsley, Flint, MI

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Dixie Sharbono

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 4 Jan 2001
Last updated 10/01/2007