Richard Rockenstyre

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
24 November 1947 - 31 August 1967
Albany, New York
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Richard Rockenstyre

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Richard Rockenstyre

13 Oct 1998

There were about 7 of my brother's friends who went to Vietnam. They all graduated together from high school. Three of them were killed, one came home with a plate in his head and had to learn to walk and talk all over again, and a another got shot in the arm but luckily recovered. I was only 13 at the time that my brother was killed but I can remember vividly the day the Marine came with the telegram for my parents. I can remember when we heard his friend Rich Leahy was killed and also his friend Mike De Marco. I remembered wondering when is it going to stop? How could this happen with one small group of friends?

I pray every day that my daughter and son will never know what it is like to experience a war. I wonder how my mom and dad kept their sanity, you don't realize how important your children are to you until you have some of your own.

My mother, Dorothea Rockenstyre, has been the president of the local Gold Star Mothers organization in Albany, NY as well as the New York State President of the Gold Star Mothers. She stays very active in this organization to help her deal with the loss of her son. We are very proud that my brother wanted to serve his country. At the dedication of our local Vietnam memorial a reporter asked me what it was like to see my brother's name on the memorial, the only response I could think of was, obviously I wish his name wasn't there.

Thank you again for this memorial to the Vietnam vets that lost their lives. We miss them terribly but it helps to know that they will be remembered for their courage.

Ruth Santabarbara

01 Feb 2003


We were young warriors together. We lost four of our brothers: you, Romanshek, Mike Dingus and Sgt. Cullen. There is not a day where I don't think of you four, who never had a chance to marry, have children and grow old. I hope to see you someday in heaven guarding the golden streets...

Lest we forget.

Your buddy,
Steve Unzueta
USMC Viet Vet
Soldier of Jesus Christ

19 Jul 2004

Richard was one of four Marines from Recruit Platoon 175, Parris Island, 10-27-65, to make the ultimate sacrifice in the war in Vietnam. The other three Marines from Platoon 175 who gave their all in that war were Bradford Thomas Griffin, John Lewis Hawkins Jr, and Paul Joseph Strausser. Semper Fi

Neil Wilson

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The three men named above are

  • LCpl Bradford T. Griffin, Rome, NY, Golf 2/9 Marines, KIA 12 Sep 1967
  • Pfc John L. Hawkins, Cleveland, OH, Lima 3/5 Marines, KIA 15 Aug 1966
  • Pfc Paul J. Strausser, Millington, TN, Lima 3/5 Marines, KIA 24 Jul 1966
Richard Rockenstyre's photo is taken from the yearbook for Platoon 175, Parris Island, 10-27-65.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Ruth Santabarbara
05 Oct 1998

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